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Biofuels subsidies at root of carbon dioxide problem

Subsidies for biofuels in the UK could be much better spent in environmental terms by helping the developing world cut back on the generation of carbon dioxide from deforestation and using unsustainable fuels such as peat, according to the Policy exchange in a report The Root of the Matter. The report calls for better valuation […]

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Now its “green” to ship trees to power stations

Now it is “green” to ship trees to power stations and burn them, according to E.ON in this report from Cleantech. E.ON, which is planning a timber fired electricity generation station in the Port of Bristol. Is it sustainable?  What area would need to be felled each year… What is E.ON doing to replace those […]

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Consider the trout

Call me short sighted but I’d been banging on about the water, but I’d completely forgotten the fish. A hole that has been filled by Flyfishmagazine, in its ethanol or ground water post. so consider the trout when you’re thinking about locating your ethanol facility

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Drying of the West

You might not want to build an ethanol plant west of the Mississippi after you’ve read this article in National Geographic Magazine about the Drying of the West. It looks like the Western states of the US have been enjoying something of a bath for the past 200 years and global warming is pulling the […]

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New US CAFE regulations

A bill passed by the US House of Representatives yesterday calls for a significant US Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency improvements which could mean carmakers in the US must produce a range of cars with an average fuel efficiency of 35 miles/gal by 2020, which is a 40% improvement over current levels. The proposed legislation also […]

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Water a problem for biofuels in china and india

Water shortages could follow Chinese and Indian plans to use sugarcane to make biofuels, according to a report from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) , carried on Planet Ark this morning. The report, Biofuels and implications for agricultural water use: blue impacts of green energy says

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The rush to ethanol could harm US water supplies

The rush to ethanol could harm water supplies in parts of the US, according to a report in Planet Ark today. The Ark says: The US ethanol rush could drain drinking water supplies in parts of the country because corn — a key source of the country’s alternative fuel — requires vast quantities of water […]

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Biofuel subisidies are sparking food price inflation, says OECD

Biofuel subisidies are sparking food price inflation, says OECD, in today’s Financial Times. The FT has a copy of a paper it says theOECD will be presenting later today. Key findings are that the US is spending $7bn helping to make ethanol, with each tonne of carbon dioxide avoided costing around $500. The cost of […]

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A view from the Heathrow climate camp on Biofuels

Here is a view on why biofuels could actually be bad for the planet from a person at the Heathrow Climate camp. Do you think she’s right, please let me know.

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China’s need for water vs ethanol

Rumblings against ethanol as a fuel from China, a country with a water problem.

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