Source: The Calgary Journal    by Kathrine Camarta
The federal and provincial governments invested more than a million dollars in 2012 to help promote the biochar industry in Alberta.

But commercialization in the province is still a long way off.

Biochar is a form of charcoal made from organic wastes—usually from agricultural or forestry discards. It's produced through pyrolysis, a burning process that takes place in a low oxygen environment.

 
 
Source: EIN NEWS
Mold and environmental consultants in the USA and Asia announce the new use of advanced equipment for the safe and effective killing and removal of mold, volatile organic compound problems, and bacterial infestations.

 
 
In this study a composite of activated carbon and carbon nanofiber (AC/CNF) was prepared to improve the performance of activated carbon (AC) for adsorption of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and its utilization for respirator cartridges. Activated carbon was impregnated with a nickel nitrate catalyst precursor and carbon nanofibers (CNF) were deposited directly on the AC surface using catalytic chemical vapor deposition.

 
 
Source: equities.com
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Ecology, Environment & Conservation -- Data detailed on Environmental Science and Technology have been presented. According to news reporting originating from Tianjin, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "The microbial fuel cell (MFC), being an environment-friendly technology for wastewater treatment, is limited by low efficiency and high cost. Power output based on capital cost had been greatly increased in our previous work by introducing a novel activated carbon (AC) air-cathode (ACAC).

 
 
Source: ecochunk
The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of all diseases are a result of unsafe water and poor hygiene, especially in rural and underdeveloped parts of the world. In the urban world, homeowners either make use of expensive water filters as an answer to the questionable quality of tap water or spend hundreds of dollars each year in purchasing bottled water, which also results in plastic pollution. Trying to solve the woes related to the consumption of contaminated water, Zuvo Water has come up with Stratus – the world’s first cloud-connected water filtration and faucet ecosystem that makes use of the company’s patented water filtration technology that replicates nature’s cleansing process and a cloud-connected app, making it the most intelligent water filtration system on the market.

 
 
Source: PRWeb
After years in development, Clean Water Systems & Stores Inc has introduced a new water purification system that removes a wide variety of contaminants from contaminated well and surface waters using a combination of hydrogen peroxide, ozone and UF technologies.

 
 
Source: bdnews24.com
Small enterprises in Japan are offering simple technologies to turn dirty water into clean potable water for developing countries where waterborne diseases are widespread.

 
 
RECENTLY published research has given insight into the uses and performance of sulphur impregnated activated carbons (SIAC) in mercury adsorption.

 
 
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- United States Patent no. 8,318,356, issued on Nov. 27, was assigned to Corning Inc. (Corning, N.Y.).

 
 
Source: Nature.com
Europe is set to quash a precedent-setting initiative designed to tackle a disturbing side effect of common drugs — their impact on aquatic life. Nature has learned that landmark regulations intended to clean Europe’s waterways of pharmaceuticals are likely to be dead on arrival when they reach a key vote in the European Parliament next week.

The proposal by the European Commission, which would limit the concentrations in water of a widely used contraceptive and an anti-inflammatory drug, have sparked intense lobbying by the water and pharmaceutical industries, which say that the science is uncertain and the costs too high. European Union (EU) member states, alarmed by cost estimates of tens of billions of euros, seem to agree. Researchers and environmentalists question those estimates, and argue that the proposal should be judged principally on what they say is strong scientific evidence, rather than on financial concerns.