Appropriately designed and carried out, small-scale bioenergy projects are resulting in various and numerous social and environmental benefits in poor, rural communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America, according to an FAO/UK Dept. of International Development report.
Contrary to widely-held assumptions, growing global energy demand could be met sustainably and in a carbon neutral, possibly even carbon negative, way by afforesting land degraded and using lignocellulosic biomass to produce electrical power, liquid fuels and other chemicals. Doing so would have significant additional environmental and social, as well as economic, benefits, two German researchers assert.
A two decade-long period of unbridled money supply growth and use of leverage is now coming to a painful, and what’s likely to be protracted, end, bringing with it prices of just about every type of financial or physical asset in existence, including key agricultural commodities such as corn. That’s likely to change the face of the US ethanol industry, or at least possibly provide even more impetus to develp second generation biofuels.