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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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
A mix of perennial grasses and herbs might offer the best chance for the U.S. to produce a sustainable biofuel
, according to the results of a new study. But making that dream a reality could harm local environments and would require developing ...
In coming days, the Environmental Protection Agency’s to-do list will include setting a standard for the amount of advanced biofuel
s that refiners will be required to blend into gasoline and diesel supplies in 2013. The question is tricky because ...
“A new moment for mankind.” That was how Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, described his country’s biofuel
boom in March 2007. Back then, Brazil was the poster child of ethanol
fuel, its output second only to that of the ...
Scientists around the world have been looking for ways to replace petroleum with alternatives that could prove, cleaner, renewable and, if possible, cheaper.
No, you can’t simply pump the green scum that forms on your swimming pool into ...
Andrew Watts, 52, is looking nervously at the darkening sky. We are standing at the edge of a field, where his new red-and-yellow seed drill is sowing wheat at an impressive clip. The vast machine can cover six hectares (15 acres) an hour but it ...
Growing use of U.S.-produced corn
has added $6.6 billion to the food
import bills of developing countries over the past six years, highlighting the need to rethink energy policies that are making food
more expensive for poor people, ...
'It's possibly,' someone remarked to me this week, "one of the worst things ever to come out of Brussels.' Quite a condemnation, everything considered -- and all the more so for coming from an Action Aid campaigner against poverty and climate ...
If the Obama administration relaxes the requirement to use corn
in gasoline, the benefits would arrive a year later, with more corn
available at lower cost for livestock feed and lower ethanol
production, said a think tank on ...
Motorists will unwittingly subsidise a move to ensure 10 per cent of transport energy comes from renewable sources.
Biofuel is largely mixed in with diesel or petrol sold at the pumps, but because the target will cause the cost of ...
After years at each other's throats, Brazil and the United States are working together to promote the use of ethanol
in a collaboration that could revolutionize global markets and the makeup of the biofuel
The breakthrough came ...
has been good to Galva, Iowa. This kernel of a community has grown almost 20 percent since the 2000 census, to 434 people-a growth spurt that locals attribute to a new golden age for corn
and their very own ethanol
plant, which opened in ...
Coverage of the US drought and the run-up in corn
, soybean, and wheat prices has been extensive and welcome. It has also been prone to the repetition of falsehoods and the perpetuation of myths about the causes of the food
crisis – and the ...
The shepherds of Germany are worried. There are still about 2,000 of them tending sheep on grasslands, plying their ancient trade and defying time and the intrusions of modernity.
But it is a losing battle. The pastures they and the ...
Standing outside the Central Minnesota Ethanol
Co-Op in Little Falls, Minn., there's not a lot going on. The pungent smell of fermentation that typically hangs in the air here is absent. And trucks piled high with corn
are nowhere to be ...
From Congress to The Colbert Report, people are talking about the Midwestern drought and debating whether it makes sense to convert the country's shrinking corn
supplies into ethanol
to power our cars.
It's the latest installment of the ...
The growing row over biofuel
s is ready to flare up again with German researchers claiming to have found evidence that European-produced biodiesel does not meet the sustainability targets claimed by Brussels.
Two experts at Friedrich ...
Three big intertwined but rival agribusinesses — corn
farmers, meat and poultry producers, and biofuel
refineries — are in a political fight to protect their interests as a drought ravages corn
producers and industrial consumers alike.At ...
Drought-stricken crops and record-high grain prices have strengthened critics of the European Union biofuel
industry, adding fears of a food
crisis to their claims that it does not ultimately reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The renewed ...
Global pressure on the United States to relax its ethanol
quota mounted on Thursday as the top United Nations food
official said an "immediate, temporary suspension" of the mandate could help head off another world food
As the ...