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Restoring degraded land and forest
s 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 forest
s of the U.S. South, tree scraps are fueling a little-known but controversial energy
boom: wood pellets. Long used to heat homes in the country's Northeast, they're now destined for a new market.
Europe is importing the ...
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 ...
Environmental icon Marina Silva may struggle to advance her environment agenda if elected president.
Marina Silva rose from poverty deep in the Amazon jungle to become a prominent politician and the advocate who kick-started Brazil’s ...
OVERDEPENDENCE on biomass
as a source of energy
by both urban and rural households is a major contributing factor to climate change hence needs urgent change.Former Prime Minister, Fredrick Sumaye on Thursday in Johannesburg that current ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Greenhouse gas emissions grew almost twice as fast in the past decade as they did in the previous 30 years, bringing the world another step closer to a level of warming that could wreck havoc with the climate if humans don’t end their dependence ...
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 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 ...
Facilities burning biomass
emit more air pollutants, including carbon dioxide, per megawatt-hour than those that burn coal, according to a Partnership for Policy Integrity report.
The April 2 report, “Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How ...
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy
(DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a multi-institutional partnership led by Berkeley Lab, have identified the genetic origins of a microbial resistance to ionic liquids and successfully ...
On a perfect spring day in the coastal forest
of North Carolina I hike along a nature trail - a thread of dry gravel between the pools of the Roanoke river backwaters. A glistening otter dives for lunch just a few feet away.
Standing beside a palm oil wastewater lagoon can promote a vague sense of unease. The murky brown surface appears more molten than aqueous, blanketed in roiling bubbles that suggest the imminent emergence of a mythical beast. Plus, it ...
We have finally finished tidying up all the trees and branches thrown down by the furious winter winds in Court Wood. It's an 11-acre, mixed broad-leaf woodland near my home in the Black Mountains, south Wales. As part of a not-for-profit, ...
The smell of freshly cut wood wafting from a dirt lot along an industrial stretch of road near the state capital might not conjure up an image of green energy
, but some say this is the future of sustainability.
The smell comes from two ...
Some of the technologies cited in the latest draft report by United Nations climate experts face significant obstacles before they can be widely put in effect to limit the impact of climate change.The technologies, including a method of ...
GLOBAL warming or climate change is here to stay. In fact, it is manifesting its Sahara-like presence sooner than anticipated.
But what does this drastic change in global weather patterns mean to the general public? What has triggered ...
Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, 41 leading scientists sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on the agency to protect U.S. forest
s from the growing sucking sound created by biomass
power plants. The scientists ...
Yesterday, at the International Coal and Climate Summit-just a couple miles from the ongoing UN Climate Summit-Christiana Figueres delivered a speech unlike anything ever heard at a coal industry meeting before. Figueres, the Executive Director ...