This study presents reusing of locally available waste fibrous materials as concrete composites. Mechanical strength properties (compressive strength, split tensile strength, modulus of elasticity, modulus of rupture and shear strength) of synthetic fibres (nylon, plastic and tyre) with volume fractions (0.5%, 1% and 1.5%) and aspect ratios (30, 60 and 90) were evaluated.

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Be it crop residue or unintended green cover, biomass has several uses in India. It is being promoted for power generation. This is increasing fodder prices. Read this special report by Down To Earth on the biomass economy.

Experiments were conducted to determine the efficacy of various vermicomposts produced from agro- and distillation-waste of medicinal and aromatic crops on hatching of eggs of Meloidogyne incognita (Kofoid and White) Chitwood and root-knot disease development in tomato.

Bio seems to be the buzzword of the moment when experts in India talk about the country's future energy supply. India's government wants to put more emphasis on biomass and the industry shows increaseing interest.

Two Laureates of the Rolex Awards, one from the United States, the other from the Philippines, will team up in a bid to devise a fast-track solution to help overcome one of the major drivers of global climate change.

The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the government to take measures to harness biomass potential for generating electricity.

Biomass is recognised as a clean and reliable renewable source of energy.

ICCI president Zahid Maqbool said on Monday that Pakistan was producing enormous quantity of biomass through agricultural residues and different solid wastes.

With the increase in paddy cultivation in Northern plains of India due to advanced agriculture technology, the amount of paddy straw has also increased proportionately. According to a recent report 197 lakh tons of paddy straw is being burnt every year only in Punjab state.

By 2025 there will be 9 billion people on Earth, all needing food. A look at the best ways to stave off starvation.

The way that industrial agriculture has treated soils has been a key factor in provoking the current climate crisis. But soils can also be a part of the solution, to a much greater extent than is commonly acknowledged.

Giant wind farms may grab the headlines but plans to develop local off-grid electricity will have bigger impact on Africans and carbon emissions.

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