Sweet New Approach Discovered to Help Produce Metal Casting Parts, Reduce Toxicity

Read the full story from Oregon State University. Based on a new discovery by researchers at Oregon State University, the world’s multi-billion dollar foundry industry may soon develop a sweet tooth. This industry, that produces metal castings used in everything from water pumps and jet engines to railroad and automobile parts, dates back thousands of …

An RTI International Technology that Uses a Coconut Waste Product Improves Wastewater Treatment

Read the full story from RTI International. A technology using a waste product from the coconut processing industry, called cocopeat, improves wastewater treatment in poor countries, according to testing conducted by researchers at RTI International. RTI International, with funding provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, developed and tested low …

Researchers Develop Effective Thermal Energy Storage System

Read the full story from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have developed a thermal energy storage system that will work as a viable alternative to current methods used for storing energy collected from solar panels. Incorporating the researchers’ design into the operation of a concentrated solar power plant …

Threatened Corals Use Chemical 911 to Summon Help

Read the full story from the Georgia Institute of Technology. See also a related blog post from Scientific American. Corals under attack by toxic seaweed do what anyone might do when threatened – they call for help. A study to be reported this week in the journal Science shows that threatened corals send signals to …

Future Warming Likely to Be on High Side of Climate Projections, Analysis Finds

Read the full story from National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Climate model projections showing a greater rise in global temperature are likely to prove more accurate than those showing a lesser rise, according to a new analysis by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The findings, published in this week’s issue …

Sustainability hearts cities

Read the full story at GreenBiz. As I look ahead to joining VERGE at Greenbuild in San Francisco November 12-13, and begin to get my head around a brief One Great Idea presentation patterned on the ways my colleagues and I believe cities are vital to the future of sustainability, I have something to admit: Blade …

What sustainability metrics can learn from school reform

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Editor's note: This is the first part in a multi-part series examining the pitfalls of sustainability measurements that draws on examples from outside the business world. Part 2 will offer examples from criminal justice and financial services, and future installments will bring in other fields. It’s a great irony …