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Metabolix Applies Biotech to Plant-Based Economy Development

Metabolix markets two biopolymer resins: Mirel™ which is certified biodegradable and just recently announced Mvera™, a film grade product which is certified compostable. Both share the physical properties of petroleum-based resins and can be processed on existing equipment with similar productivity and post-processing techniques. These resins are made using a patented fermentation process and plant-derived sugar. Like nearly all bioplastics and organic matter, Mirel and Mvera will not biodegrade in conventional landfills due to the oxygen-deprived environment.

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Solar Energy Brings Power to Rural India

For the last year, the village of Meerwada in Central India has been learning to live with solar energy. Located some 90 minutes from the nearest city by way of a rocky 4×4 dirt road, this small town sits on the cutting edge of a modern-day industrial revolution that may one day transform rural India.

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Oscar Niemeyer, 1907-2012

A giant of modernist architecture, Oscar Niemeyer passed away last night in a Rio de Janeiro hospital just 10 days shy of his 105th birthday.

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Century-Old Discovery from WWI May Fuel Future Cars

A century ago, Jewish chemist Chaim Weizmann invented a method of producing acetone for explosives – helping the British with WWI efforts. Now, scientists at UC Berkeley have found a way to utilize the same formula in order to generate a greener version of diesel fuel made from plants.

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How to Keep Biofuels Sustainable

RP Siegel asks Jesper Hedal Kløverpris, who is Sustainability Manager for Novozymes, how we can ensure that biofuels are being produced in a sustainable manner.

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7 Things You Need to Know About Aspirational Consumers

A new study reveals a consumer segment, the aspirationals, which might also offer key to sustainable consumption. Here are seven things you need to know about the aspirationals and what companies should do about them.

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New Map Takes the Mystery Out of Alternative Fuel

The Department of Energy’s online Alternative Fuel Station Locator was launched last year to help alternative fuel vehicle drivers and fleet managers find fuel stations. The DOE just released a new version of the interactive fuel map with even more details for adventurous drivers.