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Invasive Water Hyacinths Could Fuel Philippines Kitchen
Several start-ups in the Philippines are turning pesky invasive water lilies into an eco-friendly form of charcoal, fueling tens of millions of kitchens and reducing logging.

Also called water hyacinths, the aquatic plant often clogs up rivers and canals and can kill marine life by draining oxygen out of the water if left unchecked.

HiGi Energy, which started production in December 2015, is among the groups which have capitalized on the problem by converting the harvested water lilies into briquettes.

The plants are burnt in special metal drums fitted with exhaust pipes which reduce any smoke residue.


 
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Woodstock Township Votes NO to Herbicide Use - The Woodstock Township board voted 4 -1 in favor of using mechanical harvesting to address the problem of invasive plant species in Devils Lake. Presented with three options to combat aquatic vegetation in the coming years, the board chose to use mechanical harvesting this year.


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