Idea Phase (15 January-3 April 2018)

Shift: Turning Poo into Power to Save Our Planet

Problem: Livestock emissions are more damaging to our planet than cars, planes, and all other forms of transportation put together! As one of the leading causes of greenhouse gases, animal emissions are largely overlooked in the narrative of climate change. Animal waste creates a steady stream of refuse that omit destructive greenhouse gases. Organic wastes are especially potent in methane - a greenhouse gas that is 34x ...more »

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Microbial Degradation of Residential Food Wastes: Expediting Waste Digestion and Energy Extraction

Here in the United States, about 31% of the total food supply is wasted annually (EPA). Beyond that, 38 million tons of domestically food in the United States was wasted in 2014, and 95% of the wasted food is either disposed of in landfills or sent to combustion facilities, both of which are forms of waste management that are unsustainable in the long-run, and has detrimental effects on the environment at large. Landfills ...more »

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Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock manure

Intensive livestock activity in Mexico plays an important role in the national economy. However, this activity affects global warming, which is often not recognized. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that livestock activity, consisting mainly of cattle, is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions such as methane and carbon dioxide. Both gases are generated by the anaerobic fermentation of the ...more »

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