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SUMMARY The EPA announced that better fuel efficiency has led to proposed cuts in the amount of ethanol required to be blended into gasoline next year. These changes come amid revelations over the environmental impact of increased U.S. corn ...
Barack Obama on Friday backed away from the notion of corn ethanol representing a cure for climate change, as he proposed to cut the amount of ethanol that is blended into the US gasoline supply.
The Environmental Protection Agency said ...
The Obama administration proposed Friday to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply for the first time, acknowledging that the biofuel
law championed by both parties in 2007 is not working as well as expected.
While the ...
The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.
Even the cemetery that disappeared like ...
With two words, the U.S. environment regulator may be handing oil refiners the biggest win of a long battle to beat back the seemingly inexorable rise of ethanol fuel.In a leaked proposal that would significantly scale back biofuel
Global warming could mean big business for controversial agriculture giant Monsanto, which announced last week it was purchasing the climate change-oriented startup Climate Corporation for $930 million.
Agriculture, which uses roughly 40 ...
Matt Adam Williams explains why yesterday's European Parliament vote will likely have environmentally negative impacts on the other side of the world.....This morning I awoke to the sound of bearded pigs rustling in the undergrowth and ...
The European Parliament has voted to limit the use of fuels made from food crop
s because of fears that biofuel
s can push up grain prices or damage the climate, further undermining the once booming industry.
Lawmakers voting in Strasbourg ...
MEPs have today approved a cap on the production of food crop
s and backed plans to measure indirect emissions from 2020.
A European Parliament vote in Strasbourg confirmed fuels derived from food crop
s such as wheat, corn, ...
The European Parliament voted Wednesday to significantly reduce the amount of biofuel
s made from food crop
s by 2020 to counter concerns over the energy source's environmental and ethical sustainability.
Environmentalists argue biofuel
Palm oil imports into Europe for use as car fuel increased by more than three-fold since 2006, raising concerns than renewable fuels targets may be contributing to deforestation, displacing marginalized communities, and driving greenhouse gas ...
EU policy on biofuel
s reaches a critical stage on Wednesday with a scheduled vote by the European parliament on proposed limits on the use of crop
-based fuels.The plenary vote in Strasbourg comes amid lobbying by the industry to push back ...
Planting trees in coastal deserts could capture carbon dioxide, reduce harsh desert temperatures, boost rainfall, revitalise soils and produce cheap biofuel
s, say scientists.Large-scale plantations of the hardy jatropha tree, Jatropha ...
Limited availability of fossil fuels stimulates the search for different energy resources. The use of biofuel
s is one of the alternatives. Sugars derived from the grain of agricultural crop
s can be used to produce biofuel
but these crop
s occupy ...
Finnish scientists have found a way to turn dead wood into high quality biofuel
for less than one euro per liter. They believe they can convert more than half the energy of raw wood – ligno-cellulosic biomass, if you prefer the technical term – ...
EU efforts to limit the use of crop
s, increasingly seen as doing the planet more harm than good, won parliamentary backing on Thursday in what a top biodiesel company called "a very bad blow".
The vote in the European ...
I am in the African agriculture sector providing farming machinery and spare parts to my customers in Africa. I have also spent lots of time out there in Nigeria, Zambia and other places on farms.
In Brazil, where there is a big sugar ...
Cut southern yellow pine trees are stacked up outside the first commercial cellulosic biorefinery, KiOR's plant in Mississippi. The wood that once fed paper mills will be chipped up, as seen below, and converted directly into gasoline and diesel ...
When we talk about combating climate, the most obvious issues that come to mind are policies to prevent carbon dioxide emissions - cap-and-trade programs and carbon taxes and environmental regulations. Then there are the technological solutions ...
VEHICLE-GENERATED outdoor pollution can be significantly reduced with the use of biofuel
s derived from genetically modified (GM) crop
The use of such biotechnologically produced crop
s can decrease greenhouse gases and mitigate climate ...
A plant which is a staple food crop
for millions of people across Africa is at risk from disease as regional temperatures rise, scientists say.
The plant, cassava, is a significant source of food
and income, and is an important ...
Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer's crop
s. The European Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years, the use of neonicotinoids, the much-maligned pesticide group often fingered in ...
New discoveries of the way plants transport important substances across their biological membranes to resist toxic metals and pests, increase salt and drought tolerance, control water loss and store sugar can have profound implications for ...
China Eastern Airlines has said it plans to introduce biofuel
-powered commercial flights, after yesterday completing its first successful trial of green aviation fuel.
An Airbus A320 landed at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport ...
Proposed amendments to the EU's biofuel
s policy could see distinctions made between fuels on the basis of their climate impact.
The move was advocated in a European Parliament report into the EU's current proposals to tackle the problem ...