Australian Farm Products Company Runs On Its Own Biodiesel

Australian Farm Products Company Runs On Its Own Biodiesel

Peats Soil, an organic garden and farm products manufacturer that makes potting mixes, soils, and mulches in South Australia, is creating biodiesel from the dirty water gathered from food manufacturing locations in the Adelaide area. The eco biodiesel will fuel a fleet of 14 new Scania trucks that will be used for Peats Soil’s collection and delivery operations throughout South Australia, according to an articlepublished by the news service The Lead South Australia.   Peats Soil Managing Director Peter Wadewitz said that the project involves collecting residual water and then…

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Green Home Building Still Strong

Green Home Building Still Strong

A new study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics shows that home builders and remodeling companies are still building significant numbers of green homes. Done in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders and with the support of Ply Gem Industries, the study also points to increased building of these efficient homes and home remodeling work in the future.   NAHB highlighted the study’s results on its website, saying while firms reported that consumers of all ages are interested in green, those age 55 and older are the most…

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Recovering Drilling Muds and Drill Cuttings for Reuse

Recovering Drilling Muds and Drill Cuttings for Reuse

Drilling mud—also called drilling fluid—is an essential component of the drilling process. Drilling mud aids in the process of drilling a borehole into the earth. Such holes are drilled for oil and gas extraction, core sampling and a variety of other purposes. The fluid is used to lubricate the drill bit and transport the drill cuttings to the surface (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, www.epa.gov). Drill cuttings are broken bits of solid material that are produced as the drill bit breaks the rock. As it circulates up from the drill bit,…

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Oil Dependence Is a Dangerous Habit

Oil Dependence Is a Dangerous Habit

Every year, coal-fired power plants pump 15.5 billion tonnes of CO2 into the air, making up one-fourth of all greenhouse gas emissions. For the EU, this not only means a burden for the climate, but for the health system as well. €48 billion in health costs are generated annually by coal power. Such statistics are included in the 2015 Coal Atlas, released on Tuesday (2 June). The report is an attempt by the Green-Party-affiliated Heinrich Böll Foundation, and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), to make it easier for politicians…

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The environmental impact of petroleum

The environmental impact of petroleum

The environmental impact of petroleum is often negative because it is toxic to almost all forms of life and its extraction fuels climate change. Petroleum, commonly referred to as oil, is closely linked to virtually all aspects of present society, especially for transportation and heating for both homes and for commercial and industrial activities. Toxicity Petroleum distillates can create a sheen on the surface of water as a thin layer creating an optical phenomena called interphase. Crude oil is a mixture of many different kinds of organic compounds, many of…

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