Biocompatible plastics and their importance in the medical device industry

Read the full story at MultiBriefs. Plastics have paved their way into every aspect of human life due to their unique properties of malleability, easily changeable shapes and forms and low cost of production. Significant developments in plastics technology have coincided with the advent of innovative medical devices — pacemakers, stents and hip-replacement devices — …

Impacts of biochar on bioavailability of the fungicide azoxystrobin: A comparison of the effect on biodegradation rate and toxicity to the fungal community

Fatima Sopeña, Gary D. Bending (2013). "Impacts of biochar on bioavailability of the fungicide azoxystrobin: A comparison of the effect on biodegradation rate and toxicity to the fungal community."  Chemosphere, online ahead of print. Online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.12.031. Abstract: There is great interest in using biochar (BC) as a soil amendment to provide a long-term repository …

Wastewater Could Be Used in Cellulosic Ethanol Production

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. Treated wastewater effluent could be a viable alternative to potable freshwater for cellulosic ethanol production, according to a study by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The study, “Use of Treated Effluent Water in Cellulosic Ethanol Production,” was funded in part by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.

Plastic pollution not just a problem in oceans, but in Great Lakes

Listen to the interview at Great Lakes Echo. For more information on the issue, see http://storify.com/lbarnes/plastics-pollution-and-marine-debris-an-ongoing-pr. Scientists have conducted extensive research on the plastic-filled gyres of the ocean. This past summer, however, researchers decided to look inland for the first time and measure plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Some of the groups’ water samples …

How to Map the New Economy in Your City

Read the full post at Shareable. Groups all over the world are resisting the status quo of profit maximization by putting society's happiness, health and the Earth first. This work, though, is often overshadowed by big business with its bloated advertising budgets and economic monopolization, which makes alternatives seem insubstantial if not nonexistent. New economy …

Can tall buildings ever truly become carbon-neutral?

Watch the video at Architectural Record. Can tall buildings ever truly become carbon-neutral? In its monthly video series, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat asked a promintent group of designers to answer the question. The tower-builders who responded include Adrian Smith, Matthias Sauerbruch, Chris Wilkinson, Craig Webb and John Bowers of Gehry Partners, …