Help counteract deoforestation

The following is a guest post from David Milarch

Milarch visited the Lost Forest of old growth sequoias shown here

Milarch visited the Lost Forest of old growth sequoias shown here

Our old growth forests are under tremendous stress/ When the oldest and most iconic of these trees are replanted around the globe in living archival libraries, their genetics can be saved for future study. Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a non-profit organization that collects cuttings from ancient, iconic, and environmentally critical trees, propagates these cuttings, and replants identical copies of these trees to help reforest the Earth.

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Commercial recycling may become mandatory in California

Recycling bins may soon become mandatory fixtures for businesses in California

As someone who writes extensively about all forms of green, I was shocked recently to discover that here in my hometown, and the entire state of California, it isn’t mandatory for businesses or apartments to recycle – it’s an option. The fact that the recycling movement began here in sunny California back in 1973 makes it’s difficult to fathom why.

A  local city Supervisor for Recycling & Hazardous Waste told me that a majority of businesses here don’t recycle, choosing to load up their dumpsters and trash bins with all their recyclables instead. When offered recycling bins and pick-up for free, the collective thought was “no thanks.”

All that may be about to change.

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Concrete pavers help remove NOx from roadway air

Concrete pavers in the Netherlands are keeping the air cleaner

 

Concrete pavers used to pave a stretch of road in the Netherlands have produced some stunning results.    

Scientists were testing the material in these pavers for their air-purifying capabilities. For this project, 1,000 meters of a road in the municipality of Hengelo was surfaced with these stones. Another area of equal length was paved with traditional paving material for comparison.    

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands (TUe) did three air-purity measurements last spring and discovered that over the  area paved with air-purifying concrete, the NOx content was 25 to 45 percent lower than that over the area paved with normal concrete.  

Car pollution is a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions

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Dept. of Energy to fund multimillion-dollar energy research center at UCLA

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science – a leader in research on sustainable energy and clean technology – will now house the multimillion-dollar Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The center will receive $11.5 million over five years from the DOE. It’s focus will be to create and produce nanoscale materials to use in converting solar energy into electricity, electrical energy storage, and capturing and separating greenhouse gases.

“We’ve been trying to establish (this) for a long time,” said Vidvuds Ozolins, UCLA professor of materials science and engineering and the new center’s director. “We want the center to provide revolutionary breakthroughs, game-changing solutions, and we want to carry the research into real life,” he said.

The center’s goal also include increasing societal awareness of sustainable energy issues through an integrated program of research, education and outreach, and will be collaborating with scientists and faculty at the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Eastern Washington University, the University of Kansas and the University of California, Davis.

UCLA’s center will be one of 46 new EFRCs across the country.

For more details, visit the UCLA Newsroom.