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Glass “Sponge” Separates Oil from Water

Written by , on October 23, 2012

Dr. Paul Edmiston and students at the College of Wooster in Ohio have discovered a material which absorbs small organic molecules while repelling water. The material, which they call "Osorb", is a nano-engineered glass that can absorb hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, and solvents which are either dispersed or disolved in water. The absorbed […]  Read more »

Can Gas Be a Bridge to a Sustainable Future?

Written by , on July 6, 2011

The Post-Carbon Institute has published a report which claims to shatter the "myth" that natural gas can be a bridge fuel between oil and coal and a renewable energy future for the United States. Without gas from shale, the US Energy Information Administration estimates that gas production will fall by 20% by 2035. However, replacing […]  Read more »

Concerns about Shale Gas

Written by , on June 26, 2010

Shale-gas drilling involving hydraulic fracturing has been increasingly used in the United States and Canada. A new documentary called Gasland focuses on the impact that the natural gas extraction process has on communities and the environment.  Read more »