Carbon-neutral biofuel from lakes

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In a new study, environmental scientists at the University of Basel offer suggestions for how it can be extracted and used as an energy source in the form... The post Carbon-neutral biofuel from lakes appeared first on successful GREEN. Lakes store huge amounts of methane.

Engineered bacteria show promise for sustainable biofuel industry

Environmental News Bits

Read more → Biofuels Green chemistry PublicationsRead the full story from Hiroshima University. Acetone, a volatile solvent used for everything from removing nail polish and cleaning textiles to manufacturing plastics, could get a sustainability boost from a new strain of engineered bacteria.


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Termite gut microbes can help turn toxic wood into biofuels

New Scientist

Microbes isolated from the stomachs of termites can decontaminate timber that's been treated with toxic preservatives, enabling it to be converted into biofuels more easily

DOE’s ARPA-E awards $35 million to 15 biofuel projects

Environmental News Bits

Department of Energy (DOE) announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel. The 15 awarded research projects, housed at colleges, universities, and labs across nine states, will advance new technologies to decarbonize biorefining processes used across the… Read more → Biofuels Chemical manufacturing FundingOn May 14, the U.S.

Dept. of Energy Awards $6 Million to Univ. Professor for the Development of Biofuels and Bioplastics from Food Waste

Environmental Leader

Stephanie Lansing, professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland (UMD), is leading two new grants totaling $6 million from the US Department of Energy to develop sustainable products like biofuels and bioplastics from food waste.

A Transformative Climate Action Framework for Transportation

Union of Concerned Scientists

Transportation biofuels EVs zero emission vehicles Zero emissionsWe can do a lot to make our transportation work better for everyone and reduce pollution by increasing access to different mobility options and reducing the overall need for driving.

Biden outlines a plan for cleaner jet fuel. But how clean would it be?

Environmental News Bits

Some biofuels may contribute to greenhouse gas emissions in ways that can significantly reduce, and sometimes offset, their advantages over fossil fuels, studies have shown. Read more → Aerospace industry BiofuelsRead the full story in the New York Times.

Iowa Republican U.S. Senators And Representatives Call On President Biden To Uphold His Biofuel Promises


Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and House Representatives Randy Feenstra (R-IA), Ashley Hinson (R-IA), and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) joined forces in a letter to urge President Biden to uphold his promise to support biofuels in the next four years. ” According to the representatives, President Biden’s American Jobs Plan focuses on investments in electric vehicles rather than supporting biofuels as a solution to reduce carbon emissions.

Do Electric Vehicles Spell the End for Biofuels?


It is, after all, a biofuel made from plants. A recent AgWeb article made a bold claim: Tesla is the biggest threat to farming today.

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From breakfast to biocrude: Study identifies production potential across nation

Environmental News Bits

But when paired with waste-to-energy (WtE) technology, these things can become downright energetic—in the form of… Read more → Biofuels Publications Waste to energyRead the full story from DOE. Cattle waste and wastewater. Sludgy grease ensconced in restaurant and cafeteria grease traps. Food waste—uneaten leftovers or culinary mistakes. Contrary to the lyrics in The Sound of Music, these aren’t a few of our favorite things.

Whisky powered trucks? Scottish distillery launches transport fleet fueled by whisky waste

Environmental News Bits

The innovative closed loop system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by… Read more → Biofuels Circular economy DistilleriesRead the full story at Design Boom. Once known as the water of life, whisky is now making headlines as an eco-friendly fuel source. Scottish distillery glenfiddich has launched a fleet of specially converted trucks that run on green biogas made from its own whisky waste.

The oil that cooked your fries is now refuelling your aircraft

Environmental News Bits

The company also expects the fuel’s… Read more → Aerospace industry BiofuelsRead the full story from Bloomberg News. The world’s biggest maker of renewable diesel says it’s creating a new market for low-carbon jet fuel as passengers slowly return to the skies. Neste Oyj is betting that sustainable aviation fuel, SAF, will appeal to businesses eager to cut carbon emissions.

Finger sweat can power wearable medical sensors 24 hours a day

New Scientist

Small biofuel cells can harvest enough energy from the sweat on a person’s fingertips to continuously power wearable medical sensors that track health and nutrition

The ocean farmers trying to save the world with seaweed

Environmental News Bits

Seaweed can play a huge role in fighting climate change by absorbing carbon emissions, regenerating marine ecosystems, creating biofuel and renewable plastics as well as generating marine protein. Read the full story in Time. Until recently, this centuries old industry has mainly farmed seaweed for food in Asia, with China as the world’s biggest producer of seaweed,… Read more → Climate change

CARB Attempts to Contain LCFS Credit Prices

Clean Energy Law

As discussed in previous posts , regulated entities must either: (1) ensure that fuels supplied in California meet annual, decreasing carbon intensity (CI) targets ( e.g. , by blending biofuels into gasoline and diesel); or (2) procure and surrender credits to CARB.

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How Green Tech Helps Create Sustainable Mobility in Cities


A great example is a biofuel. These biofuels also produce fewer air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, air toxics, and sulphur dioxide, among others. Moreover, biofuels cost almost the same as regular fuel.

Bipartisan Bill Introduced To Clarify Oil Refinery Exemptions


The SRE Clarification Act follows the Supreme Court’s decision in late June 2021 that, according to Representatives Craig and Feenstra, could negatively influence the biofuels industry by making it easier for oil refineries to avoid Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending requirements. ” Representative Feenstra emphasized that “we must erase ambiguities and ensure oil refineries are not able to take shortcuts when it comes to blending biofuels By Lynn L. Bergeson.

In Climate Talks, Plans to Keep Planet from Overheating Should Not Ignore Water

Circle of Blue

Growing trees to store carbon or harvesting plants to convert into biofuel is a commitment of land, water, and fertilizer, which can pollute rivers and aquifers. Biofuel crops, whether they are switchgrass or sugarcane, could be grown in wetter areas. “In

DOE Announces Funding Focused On Reducing Aviation And Shipping Sector Emissions


million in funding for projects focused on the production of cost-effective and low-carbon biofuels. The projects target high-impact bioenergy technology RD&D to increase foundational knowledge and scale up systems to produce low-carbon biofuels at lower costs, covering five topic areas: Scale-Up of Biotechnologies; Affordable, Clean Cellulosic Sugars for High Yield Conversion; Separations to Enable Biomass Conversion; Residential Wood Heaters; and. By Lynn L.

DOE Argonne National Laboratory Publishes Retrospective Analysis Of Changes In U.S. Corn Ethanol GHG Emission Intensity Throughout The Years


According to the retrospective analysis conducted, since 2000, corn ethanol production in the United States quadrupled due to supportive biofuels policies such as the U.S. DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory researchers conclude that biofuels, including corn ethanol, can and likely will play a key role in decarbonizing the U.S. By Lynn L. Bergeson and Ligia Duarte Botelho, M.A. On May 4, 2021, the U.S.

What’s Up With Water – September 27, 2021

Circle of Blue

Growing trees to store carbon or harvesting plants to convert into biofuel is a commitment of land, water, and fertilizer, which can pollute rivers and aquifers. Biofuel crops, whether they are switchgrass or sugarcane, could be grown in areas that are wetter. Transcript.

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Four Facts about Soaring Consumer Food Prices


3) Strong demand for biofuels increased speculative demand by non-commercial traders, and export restrictions are additional factors supporting world producer prices. By Christian Bogmans , Andrea Pescatori , and Ervin Prifti.

U.S., Denmark, And Norway Join Forces In Effort To Achieve Zero-Emission Shipping


Therefore, the Zero-Emissions Shipping Mission aims to: Develop, demonstrate, and deploy zero-emissions fuels, ships, and fuel infrastructure across the value chain; Ensure that by 2030 , ships capable of running on hydrogen-based zero-emission fuels, such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and biofuels, make up at least five percent of the global deep-sea fleet measured by fuel consumption; and. By Lynn L. Bergeson. On June 2, 2021, the U.S.

‘The Opportunity Is Now’: Water Advocates View Upcoming UN Climate Conference as Moment of Relevance

Circle of Blue

Both options can increase water use , and biofuel production adds the potential for nutrient pollution of waterways. Water was overlooked in past global climate talks. Advocates are focusing on the Glasgow meeting to highlight water’s indispensable climate role.

What’s Up With Water – September 20, 2021

Circle of Blue

Both options can increase water use, and biofuel production adds the potential for nutrients to pollute waterways. Transcript. Welcome to “What’s Up With Water,” your need-to-know news of the world’s water from Circle of Blue. I’m Eileen Wray-McCann.

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Greening the `European Green Deal´ - Ambitious or Out of Touch?

Energy and Climate Law

By 2030, this has to increase to around 24% through further development and deployment of electric vehicles, advanced biofuels and other renewable and low carbon fuels as part of a holistic and integrated approach´ (p.8).

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EPA’s Support of Rural America in 2020


agriculture through announcing new grant opportunities and expanding biofuel pathways. By Carrie Vicenta Meadows. Agriculture Advisor to Administrator Wheeler. To fulfill the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mission to protect human health and the environment, we need support from all Americans.

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European Climate Law voted in by European Parliament

Energy and Climate Law

Moreover, via a shift towards growing woody biomass on cropland in a sustainable manner, including as a feedstock for advanced biogas and biofuels This has been criticzed earlier on this blog.

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Tackling Agricultural Methane: Monitoring and Policy Strategies

Legal Planet

The EPA AgSTAR program offers technological and logistical guidance to those seeking to implement anaerobic digester systems, and, in several countries, tax incentives or payment schemes regarding biofuel production or consumption are offered.

Renewable Energy and Low-Carbon Technologies: Anti-Corruption Lessons Worth Billions

Arnold Porter

Investments focused on wind; solar; hydrogen; carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS); biofuels; vehicle charging; energy storage; and other technologies are enjoying tremendous growth. Investments in renewable energy and low-carbon technologies are growing at unparalleled levels globally.

Why Ontario needs to stop burning polluting gas for electricity

Enviromental Defense

The rest of our power comes from a mix of nuclear power, renewables like hydro, wind and solar power, and biofuel. You’ve probably heard about Ontario’s clean, low-carbon grid. The decision to ditch coal was the biggest single action of its time to cut carbon emissions in North America.

Testimony of Michael D. Shellenberger Founder and President, Environmental Progress For the House Oversight Committee August 5, 2020

Environmental Progress

The “climate policies” the authors refer to are ones that would make energy more expensive and result in more bioenergy (the burning of biofuels and biomass), which would increase land scarcity and drive up food costs. Michael D. Shellenberger, Founder and President, Environmental Progress.

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Climate-Related Provisions in Biden’s Infrastructure Plan: An Update

Arnold Porter

The Biden-Harris Administration and Congress have been focused on addressing the nation’s infrastructure for the first half of 2021. So far this year, the White House rolled out the American Jobs Plan and has been engaged in talks primarily between President Biden and Sen.

Testimony by Michael Shellenberger before the House Agriculture Committee on “Climate Change and the U.S. Agriculture and Forestry Sectors”

Environmental Progress

The “climate policies” the authors refer to are ones that would make energy more expensive and result in more bioenergy use (the burning of biofuels and biomass), which in turn would increase land scarcity and drive up food costs. Download testimony as PDF.

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Why Ceding Nuclear to China and Russia Threatens National Security: Michael Shellenberger's Congressional Testimony July 28, 2020

Environmental Progress

If Germany didn’t count emissions-producing and land-intensive fuels like biomass and biofuels as renewable, which most environmental groups, even Greenpeace, believe it shouldn’t, the share of its electricity from non-emitting, non-hydro renewables is just 34 percent.

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Physics: The Science of the Universe and Everything In It

Environmental Science

Finally, physics can be used to calculate the amount of energy produced by the processing and burning of biofuel just as it has for fossil fuels.

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Tiny Beads, Big Problem: Vermont Seeks to Ban Microbeads

Vermont Law

The sludge caught by these fine filters is either sent to a landfill, or used as biofuel: microbeads included. Summary: There may be tiny bits of plastic in your toothpaste. These small plastic pieces are part of many personal care products and are designed to wash down the drain. However, due to their non-biodegradable nature and miniscule size, the plastic pellets sail through wastewater treatment plants, enter water bodies, and cause persistent environmental damage.

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Revving up the Engine: Senate Prepares to Pass Landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation for Transportation, Broadband, Energy and Water Projects

Arnold Porter

50% of funding is authorized for EV school buses and the remaining funding is directed toward low-emission (LNG, natural gas, hydrogen, propane, and biofuel) and zero-emission buses. Executive Summary.

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