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If we’re to believe the biomass energy
industry, the U.S. Forest Service and a chorus of politicians from both sides of the aisle, we can solve the energy
crisis, cure climate change and eradicate wildfire by logging and chipping our national ...
research in academic journals is skewed towards big, pricey tech projects and Western scientists' agendas, researchers have said. This means that simpler technologies and social research into behaviour that could empower the poor and ...
If you’re driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy
Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy
-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down ...
At the end of 2012, at a time when many states were replacing their aging coal plants, Arkansas switched on a new $1.8-billion coal plant, one of two the state has fired up in the past five years.
The state saw emissions from its power ...
At a time when we`re well aware of the benefits of living forest ecosystems, in terms of not only mitigating the effects of air and water pollution, but also in recharging groundwater, storing carbon, serving as wildlife habitat, and perhaps even ...
burning takes many forms: wildfires, slash-and-burn agriculture, clearing forests and other vegetation, and even industrialized burning for energy
production. Yet this burning-mostly manmade but also natural-takes a massive toll both on ...
Nearly one-fifth of the carbon dioxide emissions caused by humans can be traced back to wildfires, slash-and-burn agriculture and the burning of wood
waste to produce power, a Stanford University report found. While “biomass burning” has long ...
Germany has now become the world’s first modern renewable energy
economy, according to the experts. The Federal Republic of Germany already obtains 29 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, meaning photovoltaic, hydro and wind power, ...
It's easy to imagine new snow so bright that we must avert our eyes even while wearing sunglasses. What scientists are discovering, though, is this brilliant whiteness of snow and ice is increasingly being dimmed by air pollution.
Europe's demand for biomass
power is likely to exceed the amount of wood
and land available to grow energy
crops within its borders, researchers have warned.
A study by the International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy ...
Dominion executives may have been hundreds of miles away from the site of the controversial Cove Point export facility Wednesday, but they couldn`t escape the ire of those fighting against the liquefied natural gas (LNG) proposal.
When it rains, it pours. When it's dry, it's parched. When it's hot, it lasts.
These are some of the impacts climate change is already bringing to the United States, with more extremes to come in the future, according to the National ...
Some of the most distinguished scientists in the US have written to UK energy
secretary Ed Davey, urging him to abandon the government’s “misguided” subsidies for companies burning wood
pellets to generate electricity, such as the Drax plant in ...
If I asked you to think of renewable energy
what comes to mind? I imagine it is skyscraper-sized wind turbines, solar panels on suburban roofs or massive hydro-electric dams. You probably do not think of burning wood
or converting crops to liquid ...
OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that ...
Those wind turbines endlessly turning on the hill near your home tell of a changing world. So do the fields of solar panels sprouting from the deserts of California to the plains of Germany. But the world is not changing fast enough, says the ...
A rapid shift to less-polluting energy
will be needed to avoid catastrophic global warming, because global emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases have accelerated to unprecedented levels, the United Nations reports today.
The UN's climate panel has published the third part of its long-awaited report - on strategies for mitigation. The document by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) considers the options for limiting or preventing greenhouse gas ...
A United Nations report said on Sunday that governments must act faster to slow global warming and delays until 2030 could force reliance on little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air.The study, drawing on work by ...
The study, drawing on the work of more than 1,000 experts, said a shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy
such as wind, solar or nuclear power was affordable and would shave only about 0.06 percentage point a year off world economic ...
A new study charges that government regulations for biomass
plants are riddled with loopholes that allow wood
-burning facilities to spew more toxic emissions in the air than coal-fired power plants. The findings are refueling a controversy over ...
Pushing the needle back on billowing carbon dioxide emissions may be necessary to avoid catastrophic warming. But for those who are squeamish about drastically engineering the climate by seeding algae blooms or spraying aerosols to form clouds, ...
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has for the first time acknowledged the risks of uncontrolled biofuels development, a skepticism that has slowly emerged into the mainstream scientific community, say academics.IPCC's ...
The government’s latest energy
statistics reveal that the production of renewable electricity in the UK increased by 3.5 percentage points in 2013, with renewables now accounting for 15% of the UK’s needs.
Data from the Department of ...