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Recycling Styrofoam into rigid plastic

Mexican entrepreneurs designed the first national machine capable of recycling Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) and transform it into a raw material used in the manufacture of transparent hard plastic.

Posted: Nov 18th, 2014

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Limiting short-lived pollutants cannot buy time on CO2 mitigation

Reducing emissions of non-CO2 gases and air pollutants with climate effects would bring health benefits and near-term climate co-benefits - but the impact on long-term climate change might be lower than previously estimated, according to a new study of the potential of air pollution and carbon dioxide mitigation in climate stabilization scenarios.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2014

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International scientific organizations support data sharing for sustainability

SciDataCon2014, the International Conference on Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability, was motivated by the conviction that the most significant research challenges - and in particular the pressing issues relating to global sustainability in the face of ongoing natural and human-induced changes to the planetary system - cannot be properly addressed without paying attention to issues relating to equitable access to quality-assured and interoperable datasets and their long-term management and preservation.

Posted: Nov 11th, 2014

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Harvesting electrical energy from mechanical vibrations

The new method can be used in harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations of the environment and converting it into electricity. Energy harvesters are needed, for example, in wireless self-powered sensors and medical implants, where they could ultimately replace batteries.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2014

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New Master's Program in Energy Conservation is first of its kind

A new professional master's program will launch at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall 2015 and become the first in the world specifically designed to train analytically minded students to evaluate energy efficiency and other resource-conservation initiatives.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2014

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