Tag Archives: Biofuel

EarthTalk: Progress in Biofuels Development

Biofuel development continues at the algae pond at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How far along are we at developing algae-based and other higher yield sources of biofuels?    — Jason McCabe, Tullahoma, TN A few years ago biofuels were all the rage. Environmental advocates to national security hawks alike were extolling the virtues of ethanol and …

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EarthTalk: Biomass Energy – Hype or Solution?

Biomass can be a part of the effort to cut back on fossil fuels, but only if it is harvested and used in ways that reduce pollution, cut emissions and protect forests. Pictured: A biomass-burning power plant.

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is “biomass” and why is it controversial as a potential source of energy?    — Edward White, New Bedford, MA Biomass is plant matter that is burned as a source of energy. Fallen or cut wood that is burned for heat is one primary form …

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The Biofuels Pipedream

Clear-cutting Indonesian rainforest for a palm oil plantation

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, but all the associated …

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

The Latest Environmental News Headlines

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 lot of what we …

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The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: What’s Missing from Obama’s Clean Energy Agenda? (Hint: Wind and Solar)

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger (reposted with Permission) Nuclear power, biofuels, clean coal: These are the Obama administration’s answers to climate change. The 2011 budget, released this week, promised new loans for the construction of nuclear power plants, and on Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), White House, and other departments detailed steps to encourage ethanol and clean coal production. These initiatives may …

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