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Wealth from waste: A novel Indian biotech solution

Wealth from waste: A novel Indian biotech solution

Making alcohol from biological material is not new, but till date most of the ethanol is made using sugar cane, corn or some such food material and is called first generation ethanol.

Not cars, but road dust is the biggest polluter in Delhi!

Not cars, but road dust is the biggest polluter in Delhi!

Amidst deteriorating air quality, a study was conducted to determine various sources of pollution in Delhi.

Make way for green waste at a park near you

Make way for green waste at a park near you

 Green enthusiasts in the city are making efforts to generate green waste at a park near you by turning kitchen waste into biomass, an eco friendly source of fuel.

People participation needed for better waste management: Javadekar

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday called for increased participation of people and use of new technology to make waste management more effective, an official statement said.

Plant biomass can feed global chemical industry

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a novel selective catalyst that allows the creation of several basic chemicals from biomass instead of petroleum.

This is how plant biomass can be converted into biofuels more efficiently

A new study has recently revealed that plant genetic advance could lead to more efficient conversion of plant biomass to biofuels.

Homes for poor to get clean cooking energy solution soon

Homes for poor being built under the government's ambitious rural housing scheme will now get a clean cooking energy solution too.

Biofuel production from oilseed is the future

Straw from crops such as wheat, barley, and oats is seen as a potential source of biomass for second generation biofuel production. With new findings, scientists have now come closer to making the production more efficient.

Now, plants to power planes!

Biofuels may soon become a low-cost and environment-friendly alternative to costly jet fuels as researchers have developed a new technology to transform lignocellulosic biomass into a jet fuel surrogate.

`Renewable energy could address India`s energy needs`

Harnessing of renewable energy like wind, solar and biomass could address India`s energy needs, a senior Indian official averred here Monday.

New solar-induced hybrid fuel cell directly converts biomass to electricity

A team of researchers has developed a new type of low-temperature fuel cell that directly converts biomass to electricity with assistance from a catalyst activated by solar or thermal energy.

Frame guidelines to prevent pollution from straw burning: NGT

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre to hold a meeting of all the states and prepare "composite" guidelines for preventing the pollution caused by straw burning, which allegedly is one of the reasons for the smog in Delhi.

`Effective` second gen biofuels closer to reality

Researchers have made a breakthrough in developing second generation of biofuels; they have found a family of enzymes that can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constituent sugars.

Coffee grounds may serve as future energy resource

Researchers have discovered that an ingredient in our old coffee grounds might someday serve as a cheaper and cleaner energy source.

Smoke from burning biomass increases cardiovascular disease risk

A new study has revealed that smoke from burning biomass, such as wood, animal dung and waste from agricultural crops leads to cardiovascular problems, including an increase in artery-clogging plaques, artery thickness and higher blood pressure.

Biomass of northern hemisphere forests mapped

The biomass of the northern hemisphere`s forests has been mapped with greater precision to help improve our understanding of the carbon cycle and our prediction of Earth`s future climate.

ESA’s gen-next satellite to monitor Earth`s forest

The European Space agency is set to launch a new innovative Earth explorer satellite in 2020 to map and monitor the global forests - our planet`s most important natural resources.

Tropical forests more resilient to global warming than thought

Tropical forests are less likely to lose biomass - plants and plant material - in response to greenhouse gas emissions over the twenty-first century than may previously have been thought, a study has suggested.

Coal, wood burning kills more people than malaria

Burning coal, wood or charcoal for cooking kills two million people worldwide, each year - more than malaria - thanks to severe respiratory diseases this causes through indoor pollution, warns an expert.

Coal, wood burning kills more people than malaria

Burning coal, wood or charcoal for cooking kills two million people worldwide, each year - more than malaria - thanks to severe respiratory diseases this causes through indoor pollution, warns an expert.