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Researchers will genetically modify tobacco plants to produce enzymes that can break down biomass
from forest raw materials. This may lead to a more effective, economic and sustainable production of biofuels.
Biorefining industries ...
Local farmers are adding their support to legislation that would divert revenue from California’s cap-and-trade program to biomass
plants that generate power by burning agricultural and urban green waste.Last month the Kern County Farm Bureau ...
A new report from the World Resources Institute finds that dedicating land to the production of biofuels, a form of renewable energy
made from plants, may undermine efforts to achieve a sustainable food future, combat climate change, and protect ...
A group of 78 scientists is criticizing an Environmental Protection Agency memo they say may dramatically undermine President Barack Obama's directive to cut planet-warming emissions.
In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, a ...
Burlington, Vermont is that state’s largest city, with a population of 42,000 people. It describes itself as “forward-thinking” which is what you’d expect from a city that once elected Senator Bernie Sanders as its mayor. So it’s no surprise that ...
Does combating climate change require burning the world’s forests and crops for fuel?It certainly looks that way, judging from the aggressive mandates governments across the globe have set to incorporate bioenergy into their ...
President Obama's signature environmental initiative, his Clean Power Plan, is designed to fight climate change and crack down on America's carbon-emitting power plants. But behind the scenes, a dispute is raging over obscure language that could ...
This week, President Obama is the chief guest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at India's Republic Day celebrations. At the close of the historic visit, the two leaders are expected to announce cooperation on a suite of climate and clean energy
Surprising new research has sharply downgraded the perceived climate impacts of the gathering and burning of wood
by residents of poor and developing countries who rely on the fuel to keep warm and cook food.
Of the 2.8 billion people ...
Restoring degraded land and forests with the world’s fastest growing plant, bamboo, can contribute to major carbon emission reductions. This is according to a new report released at the COP20 in Lima by the International Network for Bamboo and ...
Deep in the forests of the U.S. South, tree scraps are fueling a little-known but controversial energy
pellets. Long used to heat homes in the country's Northeast, they're now destined for a new market.
Europe is importing the ...
Carbon emissions have been on the rise globally due to increased use of energy
The emissions are unfriendly to the environment in industrial production and other human activities, and thus leading to global warming and ...
In America’s low-carbon future, most cars will run on electricity, carbon dioxide will be stored underground, and homes and buildings will be hyper-efficient, guzzling less energy
even as the population grows. This is the vision of a new analysis ...
Governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2100 to limit risks of irreversible damage, a U.N. report said on Sunday.
The 40-page synthesis, summing up 5,000 ...
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 ...