Zero-Waste Trends in the United States

Most people don’t see what happens to their trash. They throw it in a black plastic bag, toss the bag into a dumpster and the trash man collects it once a week and makes it disappear. Magic, right? Wrong. Most of our trash ends up in a landfill where it is buried and mixed in Read More …

Court Digest: Major environment hearings of the week (January 18-24, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal through the week      Ghaggar river pollution The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on January 20, 2020 directed a committee to take steps on an expeditious basis to look into the deficiencies of sewage Read More …

Importance of Biomass Energy

Biomass energy has rapidly become a vital part of the global renewable energy mix and account for an ever-growing share of electric capacity added worldwide. Renewable energy supplies around one-fifth of the final energy consumption worldwide, counting traditional biomass, large hydropower, and “new” renewables (small hydro, modern biomass, wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels). Traditional biomass, Read More …

Generating Electricity from Municipal Solid Waste

We live in a throwaway society that accumulates vast quantities of waste every day. While this comes with pressing challenges, there are also opportunities for professionals including electrical engineers to process at least some of the waste to produce much-needed renewable energy. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2018 a total of Read More …

Use of Palm Kernel Shells in Circulating Fluidized Bed Power Plants

Palm kernel shells are widely used in fluidized bed combustion-based power plants in Japan and South Korea. The key advantages of fluidized bed combustion (FBC) technology are higher fuel flexibility, high efficiency and relatively low combustion temperature. FBC technology, which can either be bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) or circulating fluidized bed (CFB), is suitable for Read More …

Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (January 24, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal Plastic pollution in Malegaon The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on January 21, 2020 called for stringent action against industries involved in melting plastic for manufacturing recycled plastic granules in Malegaon, Maharashtra. The units Read More …

Locust attack: Govt caught completely unawares, minister admits

The Union and Rajasthan governments were caught completely off-guard by the locust attacks that started late 2019, Rajasthan revenue minister Harish Chaudhary admitted to the media while visiting the house of a farmer who died of a heart attack after his crop was devoured by locusts. “Our machinery has collapsed and whatever crops have been saved, Read More …

Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (January 23, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal Rejuvenation of Yamuna The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on January 22, 2020 directed Haryana to undertake remedial action in order to check the discharge of untreated sewage directly into the Yamuna river at Faridabad.  Read More …

Data Science – A Revelation of the Modern Digital Era

Data is transpiring today in large quantities because of the modern equipment, so what is happening with the old data? Why is the old data so important? What can the old data tell us? Globalization is the means of connecting and desegregating people, businesses, and government authorities all across the globe. Owing to the internet Read More …

Climate crisis: We are not individuals fighting a faceless system — we are the system that needs to change

Our interconnectedness also means that positive behaviours can cascade to influence many others Climate change no longer seems just a future threat. In 2019, major fires in Australia, Russia and California burned over 13.5 million hectares of land — an area four times greater than the size of Belgium. Major floods and cyclones displaced over four Read More …

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