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The algae biofuel company OriginOil is starting to rev into commercial production and that could mean good news for green jobs in the U.S. – and good news for the U.S. Navy, too. The latest step is a new partnership with algae grower Aquaviridis to introduce OriginOil’s high tech algae oil extraction system to a facility in Mexicali, Mexico. If the R&D phase is a success, next up would be a network of algae farms in the southwestern U.S. as well as additional sites in Mexico.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft study finding 44% of US lakes over ten acres are in fair or poor condition amounting to 22,000 lakes. This study follows earlier news this year that 20,000 US beaches have been closed due to pollution. Just like beaches, “degraded lakeshore habitat” is one of […]
It may not smell like roses, but it could become a great sustainability love story. Solray Energy of New Zealand has found a way to turn sewage into biofuel. At what they call the world’s largest algae refinery and their business is quite possibly the holy grail of green alchemy: they convert toilet wastewater to […]
The Chesapeake Bay has long been plagued by pollution, and in fact a large portion has been declared a “marine dead zone“.Â This largest estuary in the United States is fed by 11 large rivers that contain run-off, which deplete the water of oxygen and are responsible for large algal blooms.Â The York River, which […]
Four Oregon dogs have died from toxic algae found in Elk Creek near its confluence with the Umpqua River. Low flows resulting from drought have caused algae blooms that are toxic to pets, humans, and livestock.Â One dog’s cause of death has been confirmed as caused by blue-green algae, leading officials to presume similar causes […]
A new study from researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) demonstrates that microalgae can be used as effective sentinels to detect contaminants in water supplies. The research, funded in part by the Department of Energyâ€™s Office of Biological and Environmental Research, uses a flourometer that measures the flourescence signal of algae that grow […]
The best way to escape the summer heat is to head to the beach; however, you may be putting your health at risk by swimming in polluted waters.Â A record number of public beach closures prompted by water pollution occurred last year.Â According to a Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) report of US beaches, “pollution […]
As clean tech research develops fuels synthesized from nature’s ingredients, algae has become synonymous with protecting the environment. However many algal strains are toxic enough to cause massive fish and coral die-offs.
Nicknamed the “City of Water”, Venice, Italy is world famous for its canals. In fact, the city is practically a “no car zone” since it is built upon water.Â Unfortunately, this water is plagued by algae (Sargassum muticum and Undaria pinnatifida) that was brought to the seaport from Japan, China, Korea, and France.Â The algae poses problems […]