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Our favorite picks for the week of August 17!

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FOOD WASTE AND BEEF FAT WILL BE MAKING AIRPLANES SOAR – United has purchased 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel made from beef tallow, or fat, by Alt Air Fuels and plans to use the fuel this year for Los Angeles-to-San Francisco flights. The airline has also invested $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., which uses household garbage, including food waste, for its fuel feedstock. Find out more.

United has purchased 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel made from beef tallow, or fat, by Alt Air Fuels and plans to use the fuel this year for Los Angeles-to-San Francisco flights. Tony Ruppe/United
United has purchased 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel made from beef tallow, or fat, by Alt Air Fuels and plans to use the fuel this year for Los Angeles-to-San Francisco flights.
Tony Ruppe/United

A NEW SERVICE THAT ONLY DELIVERS UGLY FRUITS AND VEGETABLES – Grocery stores refuse to stock ugly fruits and vegetables, so most of it never sees the light of day. And billions of tons of perfectly tasty — but cosmetically challenged— produce goes to the landfill every year.

A startup called Imperfect is aiming to change the common perception of ugly produce by delivering it to your door. Find out more.

Ariel Schwartz/Tech Insider
Ariel Schwartz/Tech Insider

A BIOGAS BACKPACK? The bio-fuel start-up is selling cooking gas by the rucksack. You add food waste or animal droppings to the bag, and it produces methane gas which can then be piped out. Read the story here.

B-Energy has developed balloon rucksacks to allow people to deliver its biogas. via BBC
B-Energy has developed balloon rucksacks to allow people to deliver its biogas.
via BBC

RESEARCH SAYS 27% OF CALIFORNIA’S DROUGHT ATTRIBUTABLE TO CLIMATE CHANGE – As California’s four-year drought has drinking and groundwater reserves at dangerously low levels, households rationing water, and the agricultural sector struggling to keep its crops alive, the question has been: how much of a culprit is climate change? New research published Aug. 20 now says as much as 27% of the drought can be attributed to global warming. Find out more here.

via Quartz
via Quartz

SCIENTISTS SAY THEY HAVE FOUND A WAY TO TRANSFORM CARBON DIOXIDE IN THE AIR INTO VALUABLE MATERIALS – Reducing the greenhouse emissions has been an international goal for years, but now scientists have a solution about the carbon dioxide that is already in the atmosphere: they want to turn them into nanofibers.

A group of scientists from George Washington University, led by Dr. Stuart Licht, say they have developed a technology to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nano-fibers. Read more.

AP Photo/Vahid Salemi
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

 

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