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Coping with Population Growth and the Costs of Energy and Food

by Francis P. Koster, Ed. D

Our food supply is enormously dependent on energy for pesticides, fertilizer, processing, packaging, and transportation.  And in a rapidly growing world, this dependency will be a challenge.

Did you know that the population of the world is growing one United States each 5 years?  In the next 30 years, the population of the earth will have expanded from 7 billion people to 9 billion - equal to an additional 6.5 United States of Americas.[1] 

Think of the increase demand  this will create for new supplies of food and energy.   To those thoughts add the increased demand created by the improving standard of living of muc…

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“Eco-Machines” -  A Better way to Treat Waste Water

by Jonathan Kennedy

“Eco-Machines” on Track to Replace Traditional Wastewater Treatment Facilities

Living “Eco” Machines are a mature technology making standard wastewater treatment facilities obsolete. Eco-Machines cost about half as much to construct as conventional sewage treatment plants, boast reduced operating costs [i], require no chemicals [ii], are odorless, scalable [iii] and create a garden-like landscape. Most importantly their design integrates sustainable ecological principles with highly efficient handling of human waste.

Developed in 1981 by Dr. John Todd (winner of the 2008 Buckminster Fuller Award), the Eco-Machine is a wastewater treatment concept that takes inspi…

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Mowing Their Way to Decreased Air Pollution

Mowing Their Way to Decreased Air Pollution

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

“In one year, a single older mower will pollute as much as 43 new cars each driven 12,000 miles per year,” notes Mr. Bill Atwood, Spokesperson for the South Coast Air Quality Manaement District.  Aiming to reduce emissions from lawn mowers in their state, some California agencies are offering residents a good deal on an electric lawn mower.  The program subsidizes the purchase of a new electric lawn mower because it is cheaper to clean up the air on the front end than it is to pay to clean up the health problems dirty small gas engines cause .

As part of the annual Mow Down Air Pollution program, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the S…

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California Successfully Recycles Electronic Waste

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

The US disposes of 130,000 computers a day.[1] That is roughly 47,450,000 computers per year. Each computer contains 4-8 pounds of lead and other toxins.[2] Pcmag.com stated the United States properly recycles only 10 percent of its e-waste.[3] That leaves 90 percent of recyclable electronic material to end up in landfills. “In California alone, 6,000 computers become obsolete each day. Out of the high volume of discarded and obsolete computers, only 10 percent are actually recycled.” [4] California has done something successful to help this e-waste problem: California legislators passed laws that regulate e-waste and e-waste practices to help fund e-waste…

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Replacing Car Gas Caps Saves $500 Annually, Cleans Air!

Replacing Car Gas Caps Saves $500 Annually, Cleans Air!

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

The Problem:

  • Leaking gas caps contribute to air pollution and waste fuel due to evaporation.
  • According to the US Car Care Council estimates, 17% of vehicle gas caps are either damaged or missing allowing 147 million gallons of gasoline to vaporize every year.
  • Gas caps can leak regardless of the age of the vehicle (higher if vehicle is more than 3 yrs old)
  • Every leaking gas cap = approximately 200 pounds of evaporative emissions per year (0.1 tons of VOCs)
  • Thirty gallons of gasoline can be released annually from a leaking gas cap.

MCAQ provided gas cap testing units to rotate between volunteering NC inspection stations. MCAQ also conducts Gas Cap…

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