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Forest Bioenergy Industry Threatens Our Most Biologically Diverse Natural Forests

December 18, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Forest Bioenergy and Habitats

A new report commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation and Southern Environmental Law Center finds that exploding demand for wood as fuel in large power plants, driven by government incentives both here and in Europe, threatens some of the most biologically diverse forests in the world.[read more]

DOE, USDA Back Biomass Research And Development Initiative

May 7, 2010 by Michael Davidson

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have jointly announced up to $33m in funding for research and development of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products, subject to annual appropriations. USDA and DOE are issuing this joint funding announcement...[read more]

Sweet green promise of sugar

December 30, 2009 by Doris de Guzman

Sugar-based chemical feedstock seems to be prominently featured in 2009 as several developments continue to center on the promise of sugar as alternative to petroleum. So what are some of the bioproducts currently using sugar? The International Sugar Organization just published their first-ever report about using sugar for chemicals and...[read more]

Emails about Copenhagen

December 14, 2009 by Doris de Guzman

The green blog does not believe on waste so here are some of the emails I received about reports and activities concerning the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen (before they magically disappear lol!). The Global Climate Network released its report, "Low-Carbon Jobs in an Interconnected World", stating that low-carbon policies has...[read more]

The DOE Funding Recipients

December 14, 2009 by Robert Rapier

I am so far behind on the things that I have been intending to write. It is hard to believe that it has already been over a week since the most recent US DOE biorefinery grants were announced. I have been meaning to list them and comment, but I have finally decided just to list them without too much comment. Let's just say that some of...[read more]

US agencies dole out biomass grants

November 20, 2009 by Doris de Guzman

It's always nice to hear our tax money going to something (hopefully) useful. This one is a $24m grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) being given to companies that are develop technologies to produce biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products using biomass as feedstock. The...[read more]

Algal Tidbits from the Pacific Rim Summit

November 11, 2009 by Robert Rapier

My presentation is tomorrow, but I have sat through some very interesting presentations over the past couple of days here at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. They have five panels going at once, but I have been sitting in on the cellulosic ethanol, algal fuel, and biomass logistics sessions for the most...[read more]

Toward a Sustainability Bioenergy Platform

October 31, 2009 by Robert Rapier

The slides I presented on September 27th at the First Nations' Futures Program at Stanford University are available for viewing for anyone interested:Toward a Sustainability Bioenergy PlatformTo summarize, the purpose of the First Nations' Futures Program is "to establish a world class fellowship program focused on building First Nations...[read more]

Carbon consequences of the biofuels land use cascade

October 23, 2009 by Simon Donner

I've written here before about the land use cascade, the sequence of land transformations and land use changes that follow a change in one region.A new Policy Forum in Science argues that ignoring the cascading carbon consequences of converting lands for biofuels will undercut global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The logic...[read more]

Don't Weep for the Trees

October 22, 2009 by Robert Rapier

While I have no intention of changing the general theme of this blog, I will spend some essays in the future providing more details behind my new job in Hawaii. I did this on occasion with my previous job at Accsys, but the focus of the blog remained on energy, sustainability, and the environment.As explained in the previous essay, my...[read more]

What's Hot Today on CTC

December 13, 2007 by MarkLazen

Today's focus is on the energy bill. Watthead blogger Jesse Jenkins' post laments the softening of key provisions, but still supports passage. Tim Hurst meanwhile, pleads for more transparency in the process. On the topic of energy, jcwinnie has a great post today on bioenergy which includes an excellent chart comparing the...[read more]