Urban Insects Clean Up our Streets

North Carolina State University researchers working in New York City studied the food waste disposal by insects in the city. To do their investigation, the scientists dumped food garbage in dozens of sites, within parks and in street medians. Their… read more

From Waste to Food to Fuel

Rice Production and Green Charcoal in Senegal Inadequate management of human waste is a dire problem in much of the developing world. Swelling urban populations can make matters worse by exposing increasingly dense populations to illnesses carried by human waste.… read more

Algae Farm Power

Algae fuel or Algal biofuel is an alternative to fossil fuel that uses algae as its source. Harvested algae, like fossil fuel, release CO2 when burnt but unlike fossil fuel the CO2 is taken out of the atmosphere by the… read more

Plastic Bag Ban in LA

The Los Angeles City Council voted   June 18, 2013 to approve a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.  The ban will go into effect for large stores on January 1, 2014, and for smaller stores on July 1, 2014. Paper… read more

Art made of Mt Everest trash

Sixty-five porters and 75 yaks labored over two years to bring more than eight tons of trash down from the slopes of Mount Everest — delivering some of it into the hands of local artists who are exhibiting their “upcycled”… read more