Verfasst von: Stefan Spiess | 1. Dezember 2008

Uranium Mining causes severe Problems in Namibia

According to Norbert Suchanek of German „Neues Deutschland“ [article], people in Namibia are not only suffering from health problems due to radiation, but also the mining process consumes masses of water, which is in very short supply in he Namib Desert anyway. Further, it is said that the conamination caused by the mining is underestimated about tenfold by some official reports. Weiterlesen …

Verfasst von: Stefan Spiess | 29. November 2008

PROGRASS – Bioenergy from Biomass

Good news for PROGRASS [home]! The Department of Grassland Science and Renewable Plant Resources at the university in Kassel managed to qualify for 1,6 million € of external funds from the LIFE+ Environmental Policy and Governance [home] pool of the European Union. The project aims at several things, some of the main points are:

  • Securing the conservation of species-rich grasslands habitats with a distributed bioenergy production. A new approach will be demonstrated and the feasibility will be proved.
  • Producing Bioenergy without competing with the production of food (A problem causing severe problems in the production of biofuel from sugarcane and corn.) The solution: Using abandoned grasslands.
  • Development of a technology that uses up to 70% of the energy contained in the biomass.

Entries in WikiPedia concerning the most important terms are: biomass, bioenergy and biogas. They also contain information on some critical points about biofuel production.

Links for further reading on the web:

Verfasst von: Stefan Spiess | 28. November 2008

Ecological Frontiers – Andalusia goes Environmental

The province of Andalusia had two major headlines concerning ecological progress the last weeks. One was about the production of hydrogen using solar energy without the circuit via electric energy [Read here on and here on, both in German]. and the other was about producing solar energy. Both were state-of-the-art ideas about how we could ensure at least a little bit more of the energy we’re going to need in the future. This is a milestone to me, since Andalusia was formerly mostly popular for its especially wasteful consumption of its ecosystem [this satellite picture might show you, why]. Weiterlesen …