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Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

April 13, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Dysfunctional Food System

Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of the American diet.[read more]

Powering to Climate Mitigation

April 3, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Climate Mitigation

Without swift and decisive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources, the world will almost surely face centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas, species loss and dwindling agricultural yields. The smart approach to these threats is power our way past them.[read more]

Better Chemistry, Better Biofuels? The Glycerol Glut, Solketal, and Other Floating Ideas

April 3, 2014 by N Nadir
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Biofuel Ideas

Along with other forms of so called “renewable energy,” I have come to hold a jaundiced view of biofuels, largely because of their inevitable competition with food supplies, as well as some concern about land use and the pressure placed on natural habitats.[read more]

5 Simple Ways to Save Food

March 7, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Saving Food

About three quarters of this waste occurs before food is ever sold, during production, post-harvest, processing and distribution. The food we waste in our homes totals about 50kg a person each year, and rises to as much as 100kg a year in some wealthy countries.[read more]

California's Nightmare Comes True ... There's No More Water

February 7, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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California has been experiencing one of its worst droughts ever. It’s so severe that state officials issued a press release announcing that residents and farmers will be receiving less water in an attempt to conserve the water the state still has in reserve.[read more]

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Telling Sugarcane Ethanol's Full Sustainability Story

January 23, 2014 by Leticia Phillips
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Sugarcane and Sustainability

Centering the RFS debate on volume targets for all biofuels has let two key benefits of advanced biofuels slip out of focus: the potential for non-corn ethanol to drastically cut lifecycle emissions compared to gasoline, and the ability of biofuel feedstocks to be sustainably grown without harming the environment.[read more]

Water and the Future of Energy

January 20, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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California is in the midst of an epic drought. It is one of 11 western states (Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, and Kansas are the others) that the U.S. government declared to be “primary natural disaster areas” due to drought.[read more]

California Water Policy: Driest Year in State History Leads to Debate

January 5, 2014 by Michael Higham
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The year 2013 marked the driest year recorded in California history. December is typically a wet month in the state, but the Summer-like Winter in 2013 was both a blessing and a curse. A serious debate on the state’s water future is imperative.[read more]

Our Holiday Wish List

December 24, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

Energy Wish List

Heading into the New Year, it’s clear the decisions confronting lawmakers and EPA regulators on the RFS will have a great impact on our world’s journey towards decreasing greenhouse gases and improving energy security. Here’s our wish list for the presents we’d like to see in 2014.[read more]

EPA’s RFS Proposal is a Step Backwards on Clean Energy Path

December 5, 2013 by Leticia Phillips
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EPA Regulation

Since the beginning of the RFS program, the EPA had been a strong supporter of the role Brazilian sugarcane ethanol plays supplying Americans with sustainable fuel. That's why it came as a shock that the EPA has proposed to drastically reduce the volumes of advanced fuels for the 2014 RFS.[read more]

Final Farm Bill Must Save Farmland, Farm Communities, Environment

November 1, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Recently the House and Senate launched formal negotiations on the fate of the nation’s food and farm policy, and the policies at stake impact every American in every corner of the country, not just farmers but consumers, taxpayers and conservationists as well.[read more]

Environmental Risk: The Oil Boom Produces Another Spill

October 18, 2013 by Bill Chameides

The oil boom is alive in North Dakota where fracking - injecting water, sand and chemicals into the Earth to liberate the fuel trapped inside rock formations - has opened up huge new reserves of oil trapped in shale. Apparently oil spills are also kicking up a bit of a kerfuffle in North Dakota.[read more]

Kelp Forests Thrive in California's Underwater Parks

October 13, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Kelp and Acidification

We need to continue to build resiliency in our ocean environments so we can better withstand the changes that are already taking place. California has protected a full 16 percent of its coastal waters, putting the state in the vanguard of global ocean protection.[read more]

Sustainability of Agriculture Depends on Fracking Regulations

October 9, 2013 by Mia Shaw
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Fracking and Agriculture

California is the 4th largest oil and gas producing state, and is also home to the largest oil shale play in the nation, the Monterey Shale – containing 15 billion barrels of oil – which could be accessed through the process of hydraulic fracturing.[read more]

Biofuels: Uncertainty, Not ILUC, is Holding Back Biofuels in Europe [VIDEO]

October 9, 2013 by Kasper Peters

Biofuels in Europe

In this latest story for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen looks into the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) policy proposal and its effects on biofuels production in Europe.[read more]