A federal grant to Texas A&M University may lead to more efficient testing, certification and adoption of improved commercial shrimp fishing gear that will also contribute to the sustainability of the nation’s other fisheries. The Texas Sea Grant College Program’s (TXSG) Gary Graham and Tony Reisinger will use the $83,571 award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to identify and test promising models of bycatch reduction devices and then choose the designs that are most likely to pass the rigors of full federal certification testing, thus eliminating time and money lost testing designs that fail to meet federal standards.
The term "cyborg" literally means "cybernetic organism" -- a being constructed of both mechanical and organic material. Although traditionally confined to the realms of science fiction, modern medicine and in particular prosthetics have made the term applicable to a number of human beings. Many people who could technically be labelled part-cybernetic, part-organic, have become so as the result of complex medical procedures, usually stemming from medical necessity. Some, however, chose to grant themselves cyborg status in the name of scientific advancement.
Discovery of red tide in the Galveston Bay and South Padre Island areas of the Texas coast has promted leades of the award-winning Red Tide Rangers to schedule training for volunteers who want to join the first responders.
Far from the new fangled concept that many see it to be, sustainable tourism has been a developing notion since the 1960s and the green movement. With people slowly growing to understand the consequences that their lifestyle inflicts upon the environment, it’s a term that envelopes an industry committed to reducing environmental and cultural impact whilst generating income for the locality. To put it simply, it’s an idea that preserves the world. An idea that means your grandchildren will be able to experience the same beautiful locations that you have had the privilege of visiting.
Engineers at Oregon State University have made a breakthrough in the performance of microbial fuel cells that can produce electricity directly from wastewater, opening the door to a future in which waste treatment plants not only will power themselves, but will sell excess electricity.
"America's eco-consciousness, it turns out, is fickle. As recession gripped the country, the consumer's love affair with green products, from recycled toilet paper to organic foods to hybrid cars, faded like a bad infatuation.
For companies aspiring to help drive solutions to our global environmental challenges, being a trusted and trust-worthy corporate citizen is prerequisite. Links between and among reputation, business success, and sustainability are key in the era of social media, and unethical behaviour can cost. The best and really only way to ensure ethical behavior within a business is to institutionalize it – establishing a culture of “self-governance” through inspiration and leadership.
Physicist Stephen Hawking suggests that our ongoing efforts to colonize space could ultimately save humanity from extinction. As it stands, Earth is our only biosphere — all our eggs are currently in one basket. If something were to happen to either our planet or our civilization, it would be vital to know that we could sustain a colony somewhere else.
And the threats are real. The possibility of an asteroid impact, nuclear war, a nanotechnological disaster, or severe environmental degradation make the need for off-planet habitation extremely urgent. And given our ambitious future prospects, including the potential for ongoing population growth, we may very well have no choice but to leave the cradle.
We're obviously not going to get there overnight — but here's how we could do it.
Seaturtle.org provides internet surfers with the ability to track tagged sea turtles around the world. It's just one of the resources available at the group's website. Initially created as "Turtle Tidings" in 1996, seaturtle.org was founded out of a desire to support research and conservation efforts in the sea turtle community.
New York TimesCornell prof: West Nile outbreak will get worseSyracuse.comSyracuse, N.Y. -- A Cornell University expert on mosquito-borne diseases says this summer's hotter than normal weather may be fueling the spike in West Nile virus cases.
The worst drought to hit the US in at least half a century may have created one of the smallest dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico in years, a recent survey shows. Dr. Steve DiMarco, who studied hypoxic areas off Texas during Texas Sea Grant-funded projects in recent years, said the state is currently dead zone free and the hypoxic area off Louisiana is less than half the size it was a year ago.
Twitter enables users worldwide to keep pace with all things green – and allows organizations to broadcast reliable, current global CSR and sustainability news. If you aren’t already, make sure you follow these top 50 ‘Green Birds’ for the latest CSR and sustainability news and information.