“Norsk Hydro to acquire German aluminum recycler” – Recycling Today, 3 March 2015

Norwegian aluminum and renewable energy company Norsk Hydro is purchasing WMR Recycling GmbH, which, according to Hydro, means Hydro will be the leading entity in aluminum scrap sorting technology.

WMR utilizes x-ray transmission and other forward-thinking technology to sort scrap; the facility has the ability to sift through 36,000 metric tons of scrap annually. The aluminum scrap will also be used to provide material for Hydro’s other Europe-based recycling plants. Hydro will employ some of WMR’s technology to improve their Neuss, Germany-based used beverage can (UBC) plant so that it runs on a closed-loop recycling system.

Hydro recycled almost 1.1 million metric tons of aluminum in 2014, but now that number will surely climb. In 2013, Hydro was working with WMR to transfer some of its aluminum scrap supply to Hydro’s recycling facilities.

Hydro’s move will reflect Norway’s high appetite for a low carbon lifestyle, which will now be aided by an intensified recycling culture.

(From Recycling Today)

Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Tara Mahadevan

March 4, 2015

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“Four Colorado Towns Vote on Fracking Ban” – Wall Street Journal, 4 November 2013

Earlier this month, voters in the Colorado towns of Broomfield, Boulder, Fort Collins and Lafayette passed fracking bans. Broomfield, Boulder and Fort Collins will vote on moratoriums — Lafayette will vote on a permanent ban. While fracking has benefited the US economy and energy industry, many are against the technique, saying that it causes earthquakes, water contamination and air pollution.

Since no new technology is 100% safe, the town has to chosen the most optimal solution, based upon imperfect and changing best-known and unknown opinions and information. In democratic societies like ours, these debates are healthy, as they bring the best cost-effective, implementable solutions with long term staying power — inclusive of all stake holders.

The ban on fracking in these towns comes as a shock to the energy industry, as Colorado is a huge producer of both oil and gas: it is the ninth-biggest oil-producing state and sixth-biggest gas-producing state. Broomfield sits on the edge of the Niobrara Shale, a rock formation that has the ability to generate large amounts of oil and gas. Colorado currently has 100 oil rigs in use, which produce 267,000 barrels of oil and 4.6 billion cubic feet of gas per day. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) approximates that the state holds at least two billion barrels of oil in reserves.

The Broomfield decision is being carefully watched by the oil, gas, coal and the entire renewable and non-renewable energy industry, as well as pro- and anti-fracking groups — the town is greatly indicative of statewide, and maybe even nationwide, voting and public opinion trends.

Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Tara Mahadevan

November 20, 2013

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“How to Turn Your Old iPhone or iPad into a Security Camera” – NBC News, 9 September 2013

Instead of racking your brain, trying to figure out what to do with your old smartphones and tablets, reuse your devices with these apps:

Presence is a free app that acts as a security camera for your home. After you install the app on your old and new devices, it will use your WiFi to broadcast a remote monitor of your home to your new device. You can use it in any part of your home and watch it from anywhere.

Though not free like Presence, Google Chromecast is an accessory that plugs in to the HDMI port of your TV, allowing you to stream video content from your laptop, table or phone. Chromecast is only currently compatible with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and Google’s web browser Chrome, with the promise of more companies joining Chromecast soon.

Kindle MatchBook, brought to you by Amazon, is a new service that lets you purchase an e-book version — either for a minimal price, or free — of whatever print edition you buy from MatchBook. This service also applies to any past print editions you may have purchased. In order for you to receive an e-book version, books have to be in the MatchBook program, but the program has thousands of books, dating all the way back from 1995.

Electronic waste is a growing, ugly global problem with no easy economical and environmental RECYCLING solutions. Our ever-growing consumerism makes it harder to REDUCE our appetite for new devices. New products and models are constantly introduced, with little to no interchangeability between and among brands – REUSING electronic devices may be the best option to practice the THREE R’s, while lowering our personal carbon footprint on planet earth.

This is a great way to incorporate the Three R’s into your lifestyle. Rather than throwing away your old devices, repurpose them with new apps and accessories.

Developed and Written by Dr. Subodh Das and Tara Mahadevan

September 18, 2013

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