China goes green?

7 February, 2011 by (comments)

The world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter and number one energy consumer – China – is apparently working on an environmentally-friendly five-year plan which could be “the greenest strategy document in the country’s history”, according to The Guardian newspaper. The plan – due to be unveiled in March – aims to curb pollution, promote clean technology, and initiate an environment taxRead More …

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Climate change: Asia-Pacific faces a “humanitarian crisis”

7 February, 2011 by (comments)

The Asia-Pacific region will face a “humanitarian crisis” as climate change displaces millions of people in the next few decades, according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank. The Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific report says the region will be one of the most affected by climate change in the world, triggering an exodusRead More …

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Boost for seaweed biofuel

7 February, 2011 by (comments)

The potential of seaweed biofuel has taken a big leap forward, following successful work to increase the effectiveness of yeast in converting galactose, the dominant sugar in dried seaweed, into ethanol. By modifying the Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain to create more enzymes, scientists have been able to more than double the galactose-ethanol conversion rate. Click to read Sci-Dev’s reportRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en