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The Biofuels Pipedream

First generation biofuels have been widely criticized, but even second, third and fourth generation biofuels have uncertain technical, economic and environmental viability. A full assessment of the environmental costs of biofuels reveals that the vast majority do not make sense. For biofuels to be a truly feasible alternative to oil, life cycle analysis must take into account not only CO2,…

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Enviro News Wrap: Rushing the Tar Sands Pipeline; Raining Mercury; Spilling Oil; Melting Ice, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: In the spending bill that just passed the US Congress, the Republicans forced in a rider that sets a deadline of 60 days for Obama to make a decision about the Tar Sands XL pipeline. If Obama approves the pipeline it will be without a full environmental review…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: New York Decides on Fracking; Australia Seeks Tax on Polluters; Water and Weather in the U.S., and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The Australian Government is allowing Shell Oil Company to explore for oil near an environmental reserve. It would only take one spill to ruin an environment populated by endangered species. The Australian Government is also trying to impose a carbon tax on big polluters – $18…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Rare Earth Metals Deep in the Pacific; France Bans Fracking; Exxon Still Funding Climate Denial, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The Tanzanian government is allowing uranium mining in a nature reserve. Profits from the mining are supposed to go into upkeep of the park and the government estimates that the mining will have no effect on the natural or human environment. Modern technology uses a…

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Latest Environmental News Headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Domestic Energy Policy; Tripling Resource Extraction; Why Islands Are Sinking, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: With the price of oil on the rise and oil exporting countries becoming increasingly unstable the US government is figuring out how to get more oil from domestic sources. Keep in mind that it takes years for an extraction project to bring oil to the…

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The latest environmental news headlines

Enviro News Wrap: Ethanol Support; Gates Foundation; NOAA Cleared in Climategate Investigation, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The US government is not easing its support for ethanol, especially with rising oil prices. In 2011 we are going to have more ethanol coming out of the pump with oil than ever. The Gates Foundation is working to get everyone on Earth fed. One…

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Environmental News Wrap – August 24-30: Unmistakable Signs of Warming, China’s Future, Eggs, Natural Gas, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Global Warming is now being documented and confirmed as a theory. Causes aside, how are humans going to react to the changes that have already occurred and will occur soon? Would you eat meat from a laboratory, no head or brain involved? It may be…

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