Antonio Pasolini

Antonio Pasolini
apasolini@gmail.com
Corporate Social Responsibility writer for Justmeans, Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He also works as a translator (Portuguese-English) and promotes veganism and animal rights in Brazil. Pasolini recently launched a book of short stories in Portuguese called Ponto de Fuga.

Posts by This Writer

6 years 1 month ago

A team at the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) announced that it succeeded to produce isobutanol directly from cellulose. It is the first time anyone does that.

The process presents several advantages, including saving time and money. Besides, isobutanol is a higher-grade of alcohol than ethanol.

“Unlike ethanol, isobutanol can be blended at any ratio with gasoline and should eliminate the need for dedicated infrastructure in tanks or vehicles," said James Liao, chancellor's professor and vice chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering...


6 years 1 month ago

Farmers are increasingly taking advantage of the space they have to generate their own electricity, a new USDA report reveals.

The survey found that 8,569 operations produce renewable energy, according to the 2009 On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey released recently. The survey was carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Conducted as a follow-on to the most recent Census of Agriculture, the 2009 On-Farm Renewable Energy Production Survey focused on three principal renewable energy...


6 years 1 month ago

The food versus fuel debate is back on the agenda with the launch of a map designed by anti-poverty organization ActionAid and the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The map shows which countries are at highest risk of a food crisis due to food price rises.

The organization says volatile food markets and food insecurity contributed to the civic unrest that recently brought down Egypt’s president. They link the food price crisis to the American insistence on subsidizing...


6 years 1 month ago

Combining renewable plant sources and solar energy sounds like a green dream come true but that’s the ideal that BioSolar has been pursuing and finally launching commercially.

Headquartered in Santa Clarita, California, the company has been working to develop a new type of technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plants that the company says could reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. BioSolar calls its product BioBacksheet and instead of using the standard petroleum-based components, it replaces them with bio-based material.

The...


6 years 1 month ago

According to a new report titled "Reefs at Risk Revisited", 75 per cent of the world's coral reefs are currently threatened by both local and global pressures.

These pressures include warming sea levels and rising ocean acidification, which is caused by carbon dioxide. But local activities such as overfishing, coastal development and pollution also pose a great risk, and a very immediate one. They cause reefs to be degraded while rising sea temperatures and carbon dioxide pollution lead to coral bleaching.

The report is being...


6 years 1 month ago

Improving solar cell efficiency and lowering cost per watt  is one of the big challenges taken up by the solar industry. Various technology companies are working to achieve that. One of the latest news to emerge from within this field came from Solar 3D, a California company that develops a ‘breakthrough’ 3-dimensional solar cell designed to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity.
Last week Solar 3D announced that its design will take advantage of low cost semiconductor processes to enable mass production.
Solar 3D said it was...


6 years 2 months ago

China yesterday reinforced its commitment to renewable energy by entering an agreement with an Israeli company specialized in combined heat and power (CHP).

ZenithSolar signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Energy Bureau of Gansu Provincial Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China for cooperation in the development of CHP solar stations in the Gansu province. The MOU was signed at a ceremony in the provincial capital Lanzhou.

Under the agreement, ZenithSolar will provide the technology for the installation of two 10 megawatt (MW) cogeneration...


6 years 2 months ago

Solar Infra, a California-based manufacturer of mono and poly-crystalline photovoltaic (PV) modules with a market reach that covers the Americas, Asia and Europe, has chosen 3D design software SolidWorks (UK) as a key development and analysis tool.

The 3D software was used in collaboration with industry partners in the development of solar panels that would increase the reach of clean, renewable energy.

One and half million engineers use SolidWorks software around the world. The software enables engineers to create...


6 years 2 months ago

As environmental issues become increasingly mainstream, they are starting to become a fixture on the big screen as well.

Last year, The Cove, a film about the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, won the category. The Cove is a lavishly produced action thriller documentary that helped the plight of dolphins to cross over from the animal rights arena to a global media platform.

On Sunday, February 27th 2011, a couple of features related to environmental issues are competing in the best documentary category. And one of them deals with energy issues....


6 years 2 months ago

(Nokia is one of the companies who will be represented at Redefining Value: Integrated Reporting and Measuring Sustainability on March 25th, London. To find out more about the conference, go to: http://www.justmeans.com/pages/IntegratedReporting)

Since the early nineties, mobile phones and devices have become an ubiquitous part of everyday life.  The world is increasingly crowded with new gadgets that are marketed...


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