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s have long been hailed as one of the potential answers to climate change. Their environmental credentials are controversial, but a handful of countries are now looking at them from another angle entirely: they want to use biofuel
s to try ...
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 crops. 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 ...
The Las Vegas strip, home to the world's best known casinos where wastefulness is not just encouraged but is a key part of the business model, has been reinventing itself over the past few years as a model of sustainability. But is it really ...
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 ...
What started in 1970 as a teach-in about the environment has expanded year by year until Earth Day actions this year include more than one billion people in some 192 countries.
Many people are taking photos of their climate change ...
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 ...
Lake Erie faces a greener future—and that’s bad. Scientists say harmful algal blooms like the one from 2011 will strike more often. More extreme weather and warming trends could also extend bad blooms’ duration.As a result, Lake Erie’s ...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has consistently over-estimated the prospects for production of advanced biofuel
s from non-food crops, adding to the impression of a biofuel
policy that is out of step with reality.
The U.S. ...
Liberia's largest palm oil company, Golden Veroleum, needs to review its social and environmental policies after its workers damaged graves, cleared existing crops and polluted creeks, according to an independent study it ...
The rush around the world to plant crops used to produce biofuel
has not only sparked a global food
vs. fuel debate, but it’s also putting biodiversity at risk.
Last fall, a group of more than 200 American scientists banded together to ...
s industry must join together to combat the negative "studies and misinformation" funded by the trillion dollar oil industry, according to former NATO commander General Wesley Clark.
In an extraordinary tirade, Clark, who now ...
Developers of second generation biofuel
s made from non-food crops and waste material are on track to deliver fuels that are cost-competitive with ethanol and conventional fossil fuels by the second half of this decade.
That is the ...
Increased demand for biofuel
production has driven farmers and forest communities from Brazil to Indonesia off their land, threatening those people's wellbeing and food
security, a report from GRAIN says.
Research conducted by the ...
Amid efforts to expand production of biofuel
s, scientists are reporting new estimates that downgrade the amount of additional land available for growing fuel crops by almost 80 percent. Their report appears in the ACS journal Environmental ...
A new plant is rising from the fields around Emmetsburg, Iowa--one that will ferment into ethanol the cobs, stems and husks of corn from nearly 50,000 hectares of farmland. Such cellulosic ethanol offers a way to get the energy and environmental ...
Following a promising start, Brazil`s dream of positioning ethanol in the global market on an equal standing with petroleum-based fuels is hindered by new and old challenges.
Brazil`s goal of expanding ethanol sales across the world will ...
Every winter, a heavy haze of pollution envelops many Asian cities.
The smog is a local hazard: Reduced visibility grounded planes in New Delhi in December, while toxic amounts of particulate matter kept Beijing residents indoors several ...
requirements proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are being met with concern by a spectrum of interest groups from environmentalists to the oil industry, with some warning that a gap between the proposal and ...
The Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that commercial production of cellulosic fuels would start this year (even though it said the same thing last year and in 2011 and was proved wrong). And it proposed to require that refiners ...
A study released today showing fuel containing 15 percent ethanol could damage a "substantial" number of cars on the road underscores the need to repeal federal biofuel
mandates, according to the oil industry.
The study conducted by the ...
The US biofuel
industry is facing uncertainty over its future policy landscape, after a court ruling on Friday effectively scrapped a 2012 target governing the use of second generation cellulosic biofuel
The D.C Circuit Court upheld a ...
The high amount of carbon that pours into the atmosphere when arid and semi-arid land is converted for Jatropha oil production may outweigh the environmental benefits of such a biofuel
, says a new report.The findings run contrary to ...
On Jan. 11, the National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee — a consortium of 13 federal agencies — released its third draft report on the impact of climate change on the U.S. As seems to be the rule with federal documents, it’s monstrously ...