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Biofuels: is the cure worse than the disease?

Biofuels: is the cure worse than the disease? That is the question posed by Ron Steenblick, and Richard Doornbosch in a recent online publication.

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Rape seed plants can clean up toxic soil with a bacterial injection

Rape seed plants can clean up toxic soil with a bacterial injection, according to my colleague Doris De Guzman on Green Chemicals Blog. The with suitable injections of bacteria, the plants grow faster and can help remove heavy metal residues such as lead and cadmium from contaminated land. What is not clear from this is […]

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How to grow more corn: Plant it closer together

You might have noticed that there are a couple of conversations chuntering on in earlier posts. Mostly these deal with the ability to plant enough corn to sustain the US ethanol business and keep people fed at a reasonable price. Here’s breakthrough that is stunning in its simplicity from Iowa Farmer Today: plant the corn […]

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Biofuels drive up food prices: Bodman and Scafer

There’s been a  definitive piece of work on biofuels and food prices presented to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on 11 June chaired by Jeff Bingaman. Two secretaries of state Samuel W. Bodman (energy) and Edward T. Schafer (agriculture) respond to a series of questions from the committee: We would again caution, […]

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Five things I didn’t know about Pongamia before today

I only heard about the possibilities of using a bush called Pongamia as biofuel crop today when I came across the International Water Management Institute’s (IWMI) report on water use and biofuels. The IWMI says it might be a suitable biofuel crop… It certainly looks rather nice. picture from Binux on flickr 1. It is […]

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More on the energy balance of biofuels

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics has a piece of work open to review about the energy balance that biofuels provide, according to the UK’s Royal Society of Chemistry: Growing and burning many biofuels may actually raise rather than lower greenhouse gas emissions, a new study led by Nobel prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen has shown. The findings […]

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Gormet biodiesel

Gormet biodiesel, the idea hadn’t really crossed my mind before I came across Luxist, who in turn has found Apres Vin, a company that makes gourmet oils from crushed varietal grape seeds. As Luxist says, The company creates gourmet grape seed oils based on varietals such as Riesling and Merlot… The company is also exploring […]

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UK farmers and biofuels

UK farmers and biofuels get showcased in this excellent video from Farmers Weekly Interactive.

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Ericsson looks at Biodiesel powered mobile netowrks

Ok, so the phones themselves are not directly biodiesel powered, but…

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