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Harvest Power: Turning Your Rotten Food into Energy

Harvest Power: Turning Your Rotten Food into Energy | Current events | Scoop.it
Every single day we either lose or waste one third of our food -- that's 1.3-billion tonnes a year. Not only could we have fed people with that food but it's an astonishing waste of energy as well. Just think of all the energy that goes into growing, fertilizing, processing and transporting 1.3-billion tonnes of food a year. Harvest Power has a partial solution.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Another win for science with this double whammy. 

1. Food waste being recycled into compost for agricultural use.

2. Recycling process actually CREATES energy fueling a one-megawatt cogeneration powerplant.

Transferring some of the 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste into usable energy and compost is proving to an innovative technique for waste management. The Harvest Power Plant in Richmond, DC, is seeing revenue through sale of waste collection, compost, and energy to the city grid.

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How Can Psychologists Help Make Earth Day Every Day? - Newswise - Newswise (press release)

How Can Psychologists Help Make Earth Day Every Day? - Newswise - Newswise (press release) | Current events | Scoop.it
How Can Psychologists Help Make Earth Day Every Day?

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Is Entitlement Among Millennials Overblown?

Is Entitlement Among Millennials Overblown? | Current events | Scoop.it

 

By now we're all familiar with the stereotypes of different generations in the workplace. Boomers are workaholics who respect authority and have a lifelong loyalty to their company. Generation X employees prize a work-life balance. Millennials float from job to job and flaunt managerial authority and are too busy texting to care what you think of that.

 

Given the popular consensus about office generational gaps--and the abundance of advice columns on bridging them--you'd think evidence for these traits would be strong. That's not at all the case, says management scholar John Bret Becton of University of Southern Mississippi. "We're always looking for a reason why people are different," Becton tells Co.Design. "But at least half of the research shows there's really not a lot of difference."


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This article responds to resent business practices that seem to generalize stereotypes of people based on the generation they were born in. Studies that recently tried to prove a general laziness, and entitlement among millenial generations are being criticized by researchers finding "fundamental attribution errors". Becton finds that although some generational differences exist(like job permanence and work balance), the overall differences are so small that they should not affect stereotyping. A 2010 analysis of 26 peer-reviewed studies found that 18 failed to report any consistent differences among generations in the workplace. This seems to show that work practices like hiring screening and managerial demands should not be categorized and manipulated for the different generations.

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 11, 2014 4:35 PM

New Millennial research suggests we may be exaggerating the generation gap in the workplace.

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Hipster wannabes get facial hair transplants

Hipster wannabes get facial hair transplants | Current events | Scoop.it
It’s shear madness! Brooklyn’s hipster beard craze has grown so popular that men in New York are rushing to doctors for “facial hair transplants” — surgery that helps make beards… (Meanwhile, in an alternate reality.

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These Disturbing Fast Food Truths Will Make You Reconsider Your Lunch

These Disturbing Fast Food Truths Will Make You Reconsider Your Lunch | Current events | Scoop.it
McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell -- which one are you craving today? It's pretty likely that you have a favorite fast food chain and that you love many of the tasty options offered at these restaurants.

Via Tolu Oduba
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Why are we as consumers so a pathetic about the standards of food in these fast food chains we love? How is it that many of us will read this article, witness these disturbing pictures and still go eat a quarter pounder with chicken Mcnuggets. Something has been lost between the connection of our love for these industries and our love for the food they make.

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Harvest Power: Turning Your Rotten Food into Energy

Harvest Power: Turning Your Rotten Food into Energy | Current events | Scoop.it
Every single day we either lose or waste one third of our food -- that's 1.3-billion tonnes a year. Not only could we have fed people with that food but it's an astonishing waste of energy as well. Just think of all the energy that goes into growing, fertilizing, processing and transporting 1.3-billion tonnes of food a year. Harvest Power has a partial solution.

Via Cathryn Wellner
Todd Bratcher's insight:

Another win for science with this double whammy. 

1. Food waste being recycled into compost for agricultural use.

2. Recycling process actually CREATES energy fueling a one-megawatt cogeneration powerplant.

Transferring some of the 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste into usable energy and compost is proving to an innovative technique for waste management. The Harvest Power Plant in Richmond, DC, is seeing revenue through sale of waste collection, compost, and energy to the city grid.

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Bright sun, bright future: Can Africa unlock its solar potential?

Bright sun, bright future: Can Africa unlock its solar potential? | Current events | Scoop.it

CNN) -- Which country boasts the world's fastest growing clean energy investment? Germany? No. United States? Think again.

Jumping from a few hundred million dollars to $5.7 billion, South Africa recorded last year the world's highest growth in renewable energy investment, according to the U.N. Environment Program(UNEP).

 

The spectacular surge, led largely by investments in solar power projects, comes as South Africa moves to reduce its dependency on coal, which accounts for around 86% of its energy. To achieve that, the country has set the ambitious target of generating 18 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy by 2030.

As a result, a series of investments have trickled into the country, including Google's first foray into Africa's solar power market. The internet giant, which has spent more than $1 billion in renewable energy projects in the United States and Europe in recent years, announced in late May its decision to back the Jasper Power Project, a 96 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Northern Cape, with a $12 million investment.

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Why have I not thought of this before?! Honestly who gets more direct sunlight continent wide than Africa. Investors are realizing its potential and Africa is now the fastest growing clean energy investment. As of now Africa depends on coal for 86% of its energy, one of the highest in the world. It is relieving to see efforts being made at clean energy use. But yet Africa also has one of the worst electric grids in the world so hopefully with more support for solar projects like this one, they will achieve better national access.

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Andrea Pearse's curator insight, March 25, 2014 12:58 PM

"South Africa recorded last year the world's highest growth in renewable energy investment". This shows the immense potential that South Africa has but with great power comes great responsibility. The true test will be whether South Africa can 'unlock its potential'.

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Carbon Dioxide and Recycling Use | The Energy Collective

Carbon Dioxide and Recycling Use | The Energy Collective | Current events | Scoop.it
Carbon utilization is not a widely discussed concept in America, but it is a growing field with research programs in the USA and Europe, and new businesses bringing these products and services to market.
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CO2 is a greenhouse gas that most of us Americans are familiar with. Looking back on your highschool learnings about photosynthesis you might remember that plants inhale CO2 and make oxygen or something...but if you dont recall that you might know that it is responsible for the fizzy-bubblies in your soda. New research is being done and countless organizations are finding new, inventive ways to recycle this gas for our benefit at levels more efficient to curbing GHG emissions than your average photosynthesis operation. Recycling techniques than can change  "CO2...via chemical and electrochemical processes to other energy storage chemicals, such as syngas, formic acid, methane, ethylene, methanol, and dimethyl ether (DME)." This research is ongoing and increasing in popularity (especially in Europe) as we try to find sustainable methods to recycle and slow down global warming.

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