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The Importance of Aquatic Plant Management

The Importance of Aquatic Plant Management

Whether you’re maintaining an indoor aquarium, a small pond at home, or you plan to improve the condition of a local lake, proper aquatic plant management is vital for a number of reasons. While it’s true that aquatic plants can contribute to a thriving, healthy ecosystem, invasive species can cause long-term environmental problems, such as the five issues below. Resource Competition Non-native, fast growing aquatic plants often use valuable natural resources required by local ecosystems. Aquatic plants may not cause…

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Environmental CSR as a Tool for Community Welfare

Environmental CSR as a Tool for Community Welfare

Environmental CSR play a key role in climate change mitigation and fostering sustainable development. The major ingredients of environmental CSR are elimination of waste and emissions, maximizing energy efficiency and productivity, and minimizing practices that may adversely affect use of natural resources by coming generations. In recent years, environmental CSR has also emerged as an effective tool for the welfare of marginalized and unprivileged communities, mainly through renewable energy, waste management and resource conservation initiatives. The deployment of renewable energy…

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Syrian Refugees and Water Security

Syrian Refugees and Water Security

Water scarcity is a stark reality in the Middle East, the world’s most scarce region. The region is home to 6.3 percent of world’s population but has access to only 1.4 percent of the world’s renewable fresh water.  In the Middle East, refugees from Syria have been resettled in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. Most of the Syrian refugees (more than half a million) have migrated to Jordan in search of safe shelters. Large-scale influx of Syrian refugees has…

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Biofuels from Waste

Biofuels from Waste

A variety of fuels can be produced from waste resources including liquid fuels, such as ethanol, methanol, biodiesel, Fischer-Tropsch diesel, and gaseous fuels, such as hydrogen and methane. The resource base for biofuel production is composed of a wide variety of forestry and agricultural resources, industrial processing residues, and municipal solid and urban wood residues. Globally, biofuels are most commonly used to power vehicles, heat homes, and for cooking. The largest potential feedstock for ethanol is lignocellulosic biomass wastes, which…

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A Primer on Ecotourism

A Primer on Ecotourism

Ecotourism has swiftly emerged as the fastest growing segment in the global tourism industry. The characteristic features of ecotourism include strong emphasis on resource conservation, environmental education, traveler responsibility and active community participation. Broadly speaking, ecotourism involves experiencing natural attractions, typically through outdoor activities which are sustainable in terms of their impact on the environment. With growing concerns about climate change and global warming, the interest in ecofriendly and responsible tourism is rapidly growing across the world.  The ecotourism industry,…

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Green Investments and Private Equity

Green Investments and Private Equity

Green investments, which has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, provides a strong linkage between the financial industry, environment protection and economic growth. Private equity, as an independent player, is playing a vital role in financing green projects and is now well-positioned to fund development projects worldwide. Last year, the venture capital and private equity investment in clean energy firms was a whopping USD7.5billion. Green private equity helps project developers and entrepreneurs in securing venture capital for sustainable and…

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Open Burning of Tyres: Impacts on Public Health

Open Burning of Tyres: Impacts on Public Health

Burning of tyres as a cheap source of energy is common in many developing countries, such as India.  While burning tyres does provide a cheap and efficient source of energy, the harmful effects of such burning far exceed the benefits. Emissions from open tyre burning include “criteria” pollutants, such as particulates, carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur oxides (SOx), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They also include “non-criteria” hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), such as polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins,…

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Which is the Most Efficient Form of Renewable Energy

Which is the Most Efficient Form of Renewable Energy

The renewable energy sector is growing fast. Its strength lies in its diversity and its numerous tangible benefits. This infographic explores the different types that are currently in use. Learn more about how they work and how experts determine their efficiency. To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree program. NJIT Online The Statistics Renewable energy accounted for a tenth of the total US energy consumption in 2015….

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Poultry Waste to Biogas: An Overview

Poultry Waste to Biogas: An Overview

Fresh poultry waste and animal manure is weighed and stored in a collection tank before its passage to the homogenization tank where the waste stream is diluted with fresh/recycled water and mechanically mixed to obtain a uniformly mixed waste stream. The slurry is passed through a macerator to obtain uniform particle size of 5-10 mm and pumped into the primary anaerobic digester where stabilization of the waste takes place. The effluent from the primary digester is fed to the secondary…

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Waste-to-Energy Prospects in Oman

Waste-to-Energy Prospects in Oman

Waste management is a challenging environmental and public health issue for the Sultanate of Oman. With population of almost 3 million inhabitants, the country produces almost 2 million tons of solid waste each year, with one of the highest per capita waste generation globally. Municipal solid waste in Oman is characterized by very high percentage of recyclables, primarily paper (26%), plastics (12%), metals (11%) and glass (5%). Municipal solid waste is a very good source of biomass in Oman as more…

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