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Recycled Cooking Oil Could Be The Key To Flying Friendlier Chinese Skies

China’s underground cooking-oil trade could provide almost five hundred million gallons of biofuel annually

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a...well, actually, it’s just a plane–specifically, a Boeing 737–that touched down in Beijing after a two hour flight from Shanghai on March 21st. But what set this Boeing 737 apart from the rest of the jumbo jet set is the fact that, rather than burning standard airplane fuel, the passenger flight was running on a special biofuel combination of fifty percent ordinary gas and fifty percent recycled cooking oil–a first for the Chinese airline industry.

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Greasing the Wheels: An Ebay for Cooking Oil Could Help Tap Underused Fuel

Want to convert to biodiesel, but overwhelmed by sourcing all that fryer oil? StayGreen Oil introduces an a marketplace for recyclable oils.

Despite the allure of rapidly expanding renewable energy sources solar and wind, a far less sexy source of green power is already ubiquitous and requires no massive infrastructure investment: recyclable oils. Whether it’s leftover fast food cooking oil or used motor oil, these resources are abundant. The problem is getting them from those who don’t need them any more to those who do. Ask a biodiesel car owner where she got her fuel and she might say, “I know a guy.” The market for cooking oil is often informal and grassroots like that, comprising word of mouth connections between individuals and restaurants.

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Feast Your Eyes: Hunting Fatbergs Beneath the City

In London, Thames Water's chief flusher, Rob Smith, leads a guided tour of the city's bowels.

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