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Haiti: Expanding access to electricity, without the grid

The President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, has recently unveiled a plan to bring electricity to residents of rural Haiti. He hopes within two years to have twice the number of residents who currently have a power source. Rather than try and expand an unreliable grid network largely driven by fossil fuels, the idea is to

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Amazonian rainforest fungus eats polyurethane, potentially solving a big landfill problem

Students from Yale University recently discovered a fungus from the Amazon rainforest that can break down the common plastic, polyurethane.  A recently published article from Applied and Environmental Microbiology describes how the fungus, Pestalotiopsis microspora, was isolated from the Yasuni National Forest in Ecuador and has the potential for use in waste management.  Plastic disposal

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Climate proposal puts practicality ahead of sacrifice

A recent proposal outlined in Science Magazine suggests an alternative to cutting fossil fuel consumption in reducing the impacts of climate change. The focus here would be on reducing the sources of black carbon, or soot commonly emitted from diesel engines and many cooking stoves and kilns. A substantial portion of the recent warming in

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Massive Antarctic glacial rift poised to form New York City-size iceberg

According to the National Geographic and NASA, an iceberg 350 square miles (907 square kilometers) in area—larger than the five boroughs of New York City combined—is poised to break-off of Antarctica’s fastest-melting glacier.  A giant crack 19 miles (30 kilometers) long and up to 260 feet (80 meters) wide has formed in the Pine Island

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