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eGRID Calculates Emissions PDF Print Email this article
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Saturday, Oct 18, 2008

With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can find information on air emissions from power plants. EPA has issued a new edition of its Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID) and updated Power Profiler to help you better understand the environmental impacts of electricity use. With today's updates, eGRID and Power Profiler now contain 2005 emissions data. 


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A Recycling Sucess Story PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Thursday, Jul 10, 2008

Problem:  The perception in many communities it that recycling does not produce measurable results.  Every year millions of tons of potentially valuable materials are deposited into landfills.  Much of that waste is organic material that can break down and seep into public water supplies.  Some of these organic materials release pathogens that can degrade water quality.

Solution:  Community commitment to recycling programs produces excellent results over time when goals are set.  Communities that dedicate innovation and resources to recycling programs are able to successfully recycle the majority of their waste.  The recycling of organic materials reduces the possibility of organic pathogens being deposited into municipal water supplies.

In 1960 over 88 million tons of solid waste was generated in the US.  By 2000 this number had increased to 223 million tons.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Oct 03, 2008 )
The Power of Pet Poop PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Friday, Jun 27, 2008

Problem:  Most pet owners place their pets waste into the trash.  When this waste is deposited into landfills it can later seep into and contaminate municipal water supplies.

Solution:  Methane digesters can recycle pet waste into methane gas which can be used as a fuel for producing energy.

According to Will Brinton, an environmental scientist and director of Woods End Laboratories in Maine, dogs and cats in the US  produce over 10 million tons of organic waste each year.  Most of that waste ends up in public landfills.  In Oakland, CA they  had to close local beaches when too much pet waste ended up in the local creeks that flowed into the San Francisco Bay.  The problem was significant enough to motivate several Bay Area cities to look into ways to recycle this waste.

It is estimated that one ton of dog and cat poop might produce up to 50 gallons of fuel.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )
Vegetables Clean Up Pollution From Waterways PDF Print Email this article
Written by Bright Future Staff   
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2008

Problem: Waterways and public drinking sources can contain deposits of heavy metals that can cause serious health problems.  These contaminants are very difficult to remove using conventional methods.

Solution:  Certain plants that thrive in watery environments can absorb these pollutants as they grow.

The following article was reprinted from Asian Age:

By Syed Akbar

Pineapple, sunflower and amaranthus, the popular leafy vegetable of the Indian kitchen, can suck up pollution from the soil, water and air, researchers at the University of Hyderabad have reported.

These plants accumulate the pollutants in their roots, stems and leaves and leave the substratum clean.

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Last Updated ( Friday, Jul 18, 2008 )

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