Author name: Stephen Hanley

Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island. You can follow him on Google + and on Twitter.

Canada Investment In Alberta Tar Sands Is Money Down The Drain

Since 2009, Canada has invested more than $200 billion into extracting oil from the Alberta tar sands. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his country had agreed to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion. It will cost Canadian taxpayers at least that much or more to complete

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Smart Wood: Bio-Engineering Trees For Specific Purposes

For the past decade, researchers have been experimenting with switching individual genes on and off to determine what effect they have on growing trees. But they say they can now model the effects of switching all 21 lignin genes on or off in the lab, which will greatly reduce the amount of time needed to “design” trees that are suitable for particular purposes.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Enzyme Chews Through Plastic Waste

Sometimes, new products get invented by accident. Potato chips, for example. The microwave, the ink jet printer, and the implantable pacemaker are on the list. My personal favorite involves scientists searching for a powerful new adhesive that could be used to glue airplanes together. They failed miserably and created one of the weakest adhesives ever

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Self-Driving Chevy Bolts Jump Forward Without Steering Wheels, Pedals, & More

Originally published on EV Obsession. Are you sitting down? General Motors said this past week it plans to begin producing a fully autonomous car with no steering wheel and no pedals β€” not in some far off time, but next year. It says Chevy Bolts fitted with 4th generation autonomous technology will start rolling off

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Beans For Beef: The Climate Change Initiative That Anyone Can Do

Our #FakePresident has removed the United States for the Paris climate accords, leading some Americans to experience ecoanxiety. That’s a relatively new term that American Psychological Association used to describe the feelings of dread and helplessness the follow from β€œwatching the slow and seemingly irrevocable impacts of climate change unfold, and worrying about the future

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House Republicans Fight Clean Energy, Clean Air, Clean Water, Human Health With New Bill

If anyone needed proof that the US Congress is now a whipped puppy that slavishly obeys the orders of its masters — Charles and David Koch — the House last week completely eliminated funding for ARPA-E while giving the administration more money for fossil fuel research than the #FakePresident asked for. What Is ARPA-E? ARPA-E

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Donald Trump Crashes, His “Worst of the Worst” Admin Crashes β€” Infighting, Galore

Once upon a time, there was a well known British television show popularly called TW3, which stood for “That Was The Week That Was.” If it was still in existence, the past week would certainly qualify as one of the most tempestuous in American history thanks to the putative president continuing to soil his diapers

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Jobs in clean energy via IRENA

Clean Energy Jobs Increasing While Fossil Fuel Jobs Are Decreasing IRENA Says.

IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, says the trend is clear. Jobs in clean energy industries like solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric are increasing while jobs in oil, natural gas, and coal extraction are decreasing worldwide. About 8.1 million people worldwide had jobs in the clean energy in 2015. That’s up from 7.7 million in

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