Month: September 2015

Researchers receive grant to study biochar

By Jace Dostal, jace.dostal@iowastatedaily.com Sep 3, 2015 Researchers at Iowa State have been awarded nearly $2 million for research on the integrated pyrolysis of biochar systems. Biochar is a product used on soils to return nutrients to the soil, which are removed when biomass is harvested for bioenrgy and […]

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Green Energy for the Poor

Kenyans studying by solar-powered light. CreditWaldo Swiegers/Bloomberg By NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA, SEPT. 9, 2015 An innovative business model combining solar power and cellphones is electrifying parts of rural Africa that are far from the grid. It’s called M-KOPA. The “M” stands for “mobile,” and “kopa” means “to borrow.” The company’s customers make […]

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Graduate researcher wins fellowship to design drugs to combat deadly disease

Dana Klug, PhD’18, a researcher in Michael Pollastri’s Laboratory for Neglected Disease Drug Discovery. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University August 31, 2015 by Thea Singer When North­eastern grad­uate stu­dent Dana Kluglearned, in mid-​​July, that she had won a pres­ti­gious pre­doc­toral fel­low­ship from the Amer­ican Chem­ical Society Divi­sion of […]

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Injustice is just one dam thing after another

Mega-scale dams built in the developing world are often fashioned as a move towards sustainable societies. But activists argue that these projects leave many displaced, with disastrous consequences for societies. Picture: REUTERS/ROOSEVELT CASSIO BY STELLA PAUL TO provide more clean energy, particularly in fast-growing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, […]

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Opinion: Women in the Face of Climate Change

By Renee Juliene Karunungan Renee Juliene Karunungan, 25, is the advocacy director of Dakila, a group of artists, students, and individuals in the Philippines committed to working towards social change, which has been campaigning for climate justice since 2009. Karunungan, who is also a climate tracker for the Adopt […]

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Biochar emerges as soil amendment for agriculture

Biochar emerges as a new soil amendment in agriculture. Laura Pires, Contributing Writer Biochar has potential as a valuable tool for the agricultural industry with its unique ability to help build soil, conserve water, produce renewable energy and sequester carbon. Biochar, a soil amendment, is a specialized form […]

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Laos Officially Approves Controversial Dam Project

Image Credit: Flickr / Prince Roy By Prashanth Parameswaran, September 04, 2015 Laos’ parliament has approved the concession agreement for a controversial dam project, with construction expected to begin before the end of 2015, media sources reported earlier this week. As I wrote in a previous piece for The Diplomat, the […]

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