Environmental News Flash: The Price of Cooking, Scientific Advancements, and Eastern Smoke

Palm Oil Industry threatens the Rain Forests

Right now palm oil is the second, behind soybean, most produced oil in world. It is estimated that within the next five years, palm oil will surpass soybean oil to become the leading vegetable oil produced.

Because of this huge demand, thousands of acres of rainforest are being cut down every year to make way for new plantations. As a result, hundreds of animals are loosing their habit including the endangered Sumatran Tiger, Asian Elephant, Sumatran Rhinoceros and both the Sumatra and Borneo Orangutan.

Hi-Tech companies take aim at Eco-Tech

Intel and International Business Machines have joined the parade of technology companies making alternative-energy plays, announcing Monday separate efforts to put their manufacturing smarts to work cranking out solar cells.

Solar cells, which convert light to electricity, have long relied on silicon, the same material upon which companies such as IBM and Intel build computer chips.

Carbon Emissions are on the rise

It had been known, but disputed, for a year that China was the new king of carbon, having pumped more of the heat-trapping gas into the atmosphere annually than the United States. Now, with a new analysis from the Netherlands, the rise of China’s polluting power has been confirmed.

One Reply to “Environmental News Flash: The Price of Cooking, Scientific Advancements, and Eastern Smoke”

  1. So there you have another good reason why replacing cooking with steaming is a good idea!

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