Green Technology is Key to Sustainable Development

Lots of climate problems that seemed far off only a decade ago are right on our doorstep. The last few years have seen a rise in desertification, global warming, and extreme weather phenomena. This author’s op-ed covers multiple solutions we can implement to enact the green energy revolution our Earth needs. These include greater subsidies for green energy, stronger international treaties, and the future use of hydrogen fuel cells. Read the whole thing here.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

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Swedish Delegation Provides Joint Solution for Local Problems

In Hyderabad, India, local authorities have been struggling with two problems. One is safe waste disposal, and the other is ensuring an adequate power supply. For a Swedish team in town, these go hand in hand. By burning waste, Hyderabad can use that power to provide energy to its grid. Approximately 3/8 of their waste is estimated to be usable for this project. No part of the project is wasted; it focuses on total resource allocation.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

TESDA Goes Green With New Training Center

In Manila, TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) has opened a new training center to focus on green skills and jobs. They will offer technical and vocational courses in areas such as hydroponics, photovoltaics, and vertical gardening, The center itself makes heavy use of green technology, featuring its own vertical garden and solar paneling.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

Organic Recycling Systems Develops Electricity from Solid Waste

Waste Management and Waste-to-Energy are how you would describe the business model for Organic Recycling Systems. This Indian company is developing biogas from waste and harnessing it to create cheap, green electricity. Their system uses less water and generates biogas twice as quickly as current plants doing the same thing.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

NASA’s Magnetic Field Mission Looking for Green Energy

After years of planning, the Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft was finally launched. The main purpose of the craft is to study magnetic reconnection. We know that this has the potential to generate vast amount of clean energy, but we don’t know how to harness it. Hopefully they find a way!

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

Be Careful When Going Green

Just a reminder from the University of Toronto; switching from fossil fuels to electric is not always a green choice. It all depends on how your electricity is generated. If the electrical generation causes more pollution than your original fuel, that is a net negative for the environment. This is yet another reason to lobby your congressional representative in favor of alternative and clean energy power plants to replace oil, coal, and natural gas as fuel sources.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

Green Energy Solutions for Urban Households

While lots of rural homes in the UK are off the energy grid, urban homes are often energy inefficient and still rely on old means for heating and lighting. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is introducing an incentive for people who heat their homes with renewable sources. I wish the US Government did this!

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

Round the World Solar Flight Underway

The first attempt to fly around the world entirely under solar power began Monday in Abu Dhabi. If it succeeds, this will be the capstone to 13 years of research and development by the two Swiss pilots. The plane is about the size of a jumbo jet, but barely weighs more than a civilian car. I will watch this journey with interest.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli

Pennsylvania Governor Backs Green Energy

Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania is proposing $675 Million in bonds to support the developing green energy industry in his state. His plan would reduce dependence on fossil fuels and, in the long rum, would make money for the state. He feels that borrowing the money through bonds should be viewed as an investment in the state’s future.

Peace and Health
Mark Masselli