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Cooking Oil Gives Plastic Sizzle - they call it PHB (polyhydroxybutyrate) - a biodegradeable plastic

Cooking Oil Gives Plastic Sizzle - they call it PHB (polyhydroxybutyrate) - a biodegradeable plastic | Environmental Science and Biology | Scoop.it
Cooking oil could become the raw material for plastic, giving those forks used to spear greasy french fries their own new sizzle.

"The use of biodegradable plastics such as PHB (Polyhydroxybutyrate) is encouraged to help reduce environmental contamination," said lead researcher Iza Radecka in a press release. “Unfortunately the cost of glucose as a starting material has seriously hampered the commercialization of bio-plastics "Using waste cooking oil is a double benefit for the environment as it enables the production of bioplastics but also reduces environmental contamination caused by disposal of waste oil."


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Desert diversity cut by humans

Desert diversity cut by humans | Environmental Science and Biology | Scoop.it
Humans may be destabilising desert ecosystems across the world, say scientists.

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Nature Flash Peacock Butterfly

RUN OFF TO THE SEA BACK IN A WEEK! Best wishes to you and yours, Maria :o)


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DNA database unlocks map to genetic disease

DNA database unlocks map to genetic disease | Environmental Science and Biology | Scoop.it
A massive DNA database has generated a map of the genetic switches which impact everything from hair loss to cancer and opened the door to revolutionary treatments for a host of deadly diseases, researchers said Wednesday.

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Pesticide-resistant insects add insult to drought injury

Pesticide-resistant insects add insult to drought injury | Environmental Science and Biology | Scoop.it
The Western corn rootworm in its adult stage.

For years sustainable agriculture advocates from Wes Jackson to Michael Pollan have decried farmers’ move to this corn monoculture, but not just for philosophical reasons. The danger of biotechnology and chemical-based agriculture as practiced today is the false sense of security it offers farmers. When you adopt Monsanto’s seeds and chemicals and “simplify” your farming, it seems like you’ve solved all your problems.

But what you’ve actually done is increased what finance-types call “tail risk,” which means in essence that all your assumptions about the chances something bad will happen to you turn out to be wrong. And probability being what it is, you can go a long time without disaster striking and then, when it does, you find yourself totally screwed.


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Their Food Scarce From Drought, Animals Dine in Town

Their Food Scarce From Drought, Animals Dine in Town | Environmental Science and Biology | Scoop.it
Growing numbers of bears and other animals are descending from mountains and mesas, desperate to eat whatever they can find before winter arrives.

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Landfill Gas Trigeneration Plant Supplies Heat, Power & Cooling to Coca-Cola - Waste Mangagement World

Landfill Gas Trigeneration Plant Supplies Heat, Power & Cooling to Coca-Cola - Waste Mangagement World | Environmental Science and Biology | Scoop.it
Florida based renewable energy developer, Mas Energy has developed the first trigeneration landfill gas to energy system in the U.S., which supplies electricity, steam and chilled water in Atlanta.

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Water and biodiversity recognised as vital for food security at IUCN Congress

Water and biodiversity recognised as vital for food security at IUCN Congress | Environmental Science and Biology | Scoop.it
Day 2 of the IUCN congress focused on the nexus between biodiversity, water and food security and saw the World Bank get serious about nature conservation. The day’s theme was ‘secure n...

Highlighting the link between biodiversity, water and food security, the aim was to address a lack of understanding among many policy makers of the importance of biodiversity for achieving food security. Wild sources of food are often overlooked in discussions about food security, but they form an integral part of many people’s diets around the world, especially for poorer, rural communities. Humans consume more than 7,000 different species of plants and animals, many of them wild!


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Loss of habitats irreplaceable - Khaleej Times

Loss of habitats irreplaceable - Khaleej Times | Environmental Science and Biology | Scoop.it
SYDNEY - It is hard to replace a lost habitat without losing species, even though the goal may be laudable, warn scientists.

”There’s been a lot of talk among policymakers about ‘offsets’, meaning that if you damage or lose the environment in one place, you compensate by restoring or protecting an equivalent area somewhere else,” ...

”Current conservation policies talk glibly about offsets and seem to promise much - but it isn’t clear they really appreciate how difficult and expensive it can be to translocate a whole ecosystem with all its species and their relationships,” he said.


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Wasp 'hitmen' protect plant from butterfly invasion

Wasp 'hitmen' protect plant from butterfly invasion | Environmental Science and Biology | Scoop.it
A cabbage hiring wasp hitmen to protect it from a butterfly invasion sounds like the premise of a deranged children's movie. But new research shows something like that actually might happen in nature.

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