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EarthTalk: Health Impacts of Coal

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I saw a chart that quantified the negative impacts on our health of our reliance on coal as an energy source. It was pretty shocking as I recall. Can you summarize what we’re dealing with here? – Mitchell Baldwin, Boise,…

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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: Biomass Energy – Hype or Solution?

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…

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Environmental News Wrap: Solar Cheaper than Nuclear; Tea Party Delusions; Negotiating Biodiversity, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: While gleaning stories from National Geographic (NG) I ran into advertisements  for Shell Oil Company, like at the Scientific American site discussed last week. The story I found on NG focuses on the intersection of water and energy in our economy. Then, I went to…

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Geothermal Energy Receives A $350 Million Boost

The Obama administration announces $350 million to develop geothermal energy.

OriginOil Announces Breakthrough Algal Oil Extraction Process

Algae-to-biofuels pioneer OriginOil announced a breakthrough process that extracts and separates a biofuel oil from the algae that produce it and the watery medium in which they grow.

UN’s State Of The World’s Forests Reveals Deforestation Is Speeding Up

The United Nation’s latest report on the state of the world’s forests shows an alarming increase in the rate of deforestation. Much of this is due to a rise in palm oil plantations used to make biofuels. An economic alternative must be found to protect the world’s forests and the biodiversity and other vital environmental services these ecosystems provide.

EarthTalk: Polar Bears in Trouble and the Promise of Biomass

This week’s EarthTalk from E Magazine discusses the threats facing polar bears and the promise and potential of using biomass as a component to solving our energy challenges.