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Britain's new generation of biomass
power stations will have to source millions of tonnes of wood
from thousands of miles away if they are to operate near to their full capacity, raising questions about the claims made for the sustainability of ...
The global convergence Reclaim Power, along with the No REDD in Africa Network, have named this week a week of action against false solutions. We offer this blog post as a contribution to that effort.In the landscape of global ...
Biofuelwatch has launched a new report, Biomass
: the Chain of Destruction, focusing on the human and environmental costs of biomass
-focused UK renewable energy
policy. The report includes the first ever study of a land-grab in Brazil for ...
Ironbridge, the 18th century birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and Drax, the UK’s biggest coal-fired power station, are helping to change the shape of the country’s energy
Both sites were developed as centres of coal-based ...
Switching to clean energy
might seem like the expensive option, but it would pay for itself almost immediately, according to a new analysis. The reason? Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels will cut air pollution, saving lives and therefore ...
Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start.If you ...
electricity generators could risk losing government subsidies if they fail to prove their fuel has come from sources that have been officially certified as "sustainable", under new plans announced today.
Climate Change Minister ...
Few people would put the West Midlands town of Dudley at the centre of world history. Yet former oil executive Gary Kendall credits the British coal-mining town with setting in motion a global energy
system that could jeopardise our very ...
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 – ...
Forest areas in China are rapidly expanding through reforestation and afforestation activities. There has been much discussion in China about opportunities for climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration and through opportunities for ...
In the forests of Allendale County is a wood
-burning power plant with the capacity to release tons of pollution that many other industrial plants must control.
Under construction for most of the past two years, the Allendale plant is one ...
Brazil’s economy has been booming. During the past decade, it grew from the ninth to the sixth-largest in the world. While this growth has brought many socioeconomic benefits, it’s come with a downside: significant environmental impacts. Brazil ...
New standalone biomass
power plants in Britain will not be eligible for some subsidies unless they generate heat at the same time, under new government proposals, meaning many new plants could be canceled, an industry lobby ...
The government is turning away from its controversial policy of subsidising UK power stations to generate electricity from burning wood
It is proposing that subsidies for bespoke biomass
burning plants should be capped at 400 MW per ...
Residents of northern China got free coal from the government during winters from 1950 to 1980, but it turns out that the coal actually came at a heavy price: shorter lifespans.
The Chinese government’s Huai River policy provided coal ...
So far, five UK coal-fired power stations have announced plans to convert, either partly or completely, to biomass
. These are Tilbury in Essex, Ironbridge in Shropshire, Eggborough and Drax in Yorkshire, and Lynemouth in Northumberland. Between ...
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 ...
Logging in temperate zones may release more greenhouse gases than previously thought by destabilizing carbon stored in forest soils, argues a new paper published in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy.
The research involved ...
is considered cleaner than fossil fuels, but a Dartmouth College-led study finds that logging may release large amounts of carbon stored in deep forest soils.
Global atmospheric studies often don't consider carbon ...
Follow this if you can: Wood
from U.S. trees is being shipped over to the U.K., where coal power plants burn it, producing more greenhouse gas emissions than when those same plants generate an equivalent amount of electricity by burning ...
They say that every cloud has a silver lining. If future energy
consumption (which is mostly fossil fuel) drops because of a financial collapse brought on by high oil prices and other limits, then, at least in theory, climate change should be ...
The chief of the UK's £3bn green investment bank is preparing to move the bank to borrowing and raising debt, in order to vastly expand its scope in bringing forward renewable energy
and other environmental projects across the ...
Jacky Aignel, the leader of Saint Gouéno council in Brittany, looks at the cranes hoisting blades to the top of a wind-mast: "We've been waiting so long for this," he sighs. The wind turbine is finally nearing completion, the result of a lengthy ...
Last year, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace published a report, called Dirtier than coal?, that shone a light on some evidence that the biomass
industry would prefer was kept hidden.
We revealed two important ...