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Researchers tackle methane emissions with gas-guzzling bacteria

An international research team co-led by a Monash biologist has shown that methane-oxidising bacteria - key organisms responsible for greenhouse gas mitigation - are more flexible and resilient than previously thought.

Industrial processes such as petroleum production and waste treatment release large amounts of the methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen into the atmosphere.

"By using these gas-guzzling bacteria, it's possible to convert these gases into useful liquid fuels and feeds instead," Dr Greening said.

Cities worldwide lay the groundwork for a zero-waste future

Inhabitat - Cities around the world lay the groundwork for a zero-waste futureCities around the world are pledging to reduce waste over the next 12 years in Cities around the world are pledging to reduce waste over the next 12 years in an effort to curb global warming and eventually become zero-waste cities. During the Global Climate Action Summit, the C40 announced a new initiative that encourages cities to eliminate waste production and end the practice of waste burning. So far, 23 cities have agreed to become zero-waste and will work toward that goal by "reducing the amount of municipal solid waste disposed to landfill and incineration by at least 50 percent … and increase the diversion rate away from landfill and incineration to at least 70 percent by 2030," according to C40

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The world’s first “Tesla Town” with solar roofs and Powerwalls is coming to Australia

Developers in Australia just announced plans to build the world's first "Tesla town" – a small suburb off Melbourne's business district where every house will have a solar roof and a built-in Tesla Powerwall. The project has been hailed as one of the most environmentally sustainable developments in Australia, and forgood reason. Residents can expect to see their water use reduced by 43%, landfill contributions will be reduced by 80%, and the solar panels are expected to generate so much electricity that residents will be able to recharge their electric cars for free.

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Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

The cost of solar power has declined dramatically over the past few decades, from $40 per watt in 1977 to $0.74 per watt in 2013. This trend is expected to accelerate as improvements in efficiency and new technologies come online. This is good news for citizens of developed countries who want to make the switch to a cleaner and increasingly cheaper energy source. The shift to solar may be most dramatic for those living in developing countries. Thanks to inexpensive printed solar cells, 1.3 billion people currently without electricity may be able to plug in for the first time.

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How to Leverage the Value of Sustainability into your Business Model
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy has for many years been seen as a largely reactive business function, satisfying increasingly demanding international compliance and regulations, whilst paying lip service to an increasingly ethical consumer base.But the advent of big data and the development of purpose designed sustainability data management and green oriented EPR software has opened up a huge opportunity for companies to make significant savings through more efficient supply chain management and informed decision making.

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Australia First to Receive Ocean Wave Generated Zero-Emission Electricity (Energy Mafia is on its knees)

The world is in desperate need of alternative energy, and Australia just rode the wave, quite literally, into a new energy paradigm. Using the Perth Wave Energy Project's CETO 5 wave energy generators developed by Carnegie Wave Energy Limited, the movement of the ocean is creating renewable, sustainable energy – which can even be used to make potable water through desalinization.

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Protecting Our Pollinators: Scientists Propose 10 New Policies

Pesticide regulation, diversified farming systems and long-term monitoring are all ways governments can help to secure the future of pollinators such as bees, flies and wasps, according to scientists.

In an article published today in the journal Science, a team of researchers has suggested ten clear ways in which governments can protect and secure pollination services – vital to the production of fruits, vegetables and oils.

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