Air pollution results from sugarcane ethanol production

(PhysOrg.com) -- The burning of sugarcane fields prior to harvest for ethanol production can create air pollution that detracts from the biofuel's overall sustainability, according to research published recently by a team ...

Organic farming drives sustainable agriculture

The future of farming has to look different from farming today. Tremendously different. Otherwise, we will risk losing even more biodiversity, continue with polluting water bodies, driving erosion and running down soil fertility. ...

Mathematician designs social sustainability software

Edgar Antonio Valdés Porras has designed a software and service-oriented theoretical methodology supporting sustainability for cities, which if implemented, would increase economic impact points and infrastructure in Mexico ...

Most biofuels are not 'green', researchers show

(Phys.org)—First tops, then flops. That is one way of summing up the history of biofuels so far. A new study led by Empa gives an up-to-date picture of the ecobalance of various biofuels and their production processes. ...

Steroids may persist longer in the environment than expected

Assessing the risk posed to aquatic organisms by the discharge of certain steroids and pharmaceutical products into waterways is often based on a belief that as the compounds degrade, the ecological risks naturally decline.

What's driving the next generation of green products?

If you purchased a Toyota Prius, you may have been driven by the desire to conserve the environment or to save yourself some money at the gas pump. But consumers may also choose to buy sustainable products to make themselves ...

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