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We have the technology to make oil from algae, rather than digging up crude oil from organisms that lived billions of years ago. But bringing it to market will take a force of economic and political will.
In the midst of the lowest oil prices our nation has seen in 6 years, it is easy to forget that the primary energy source in the world is in finite supply. Fracking and extraction from shale have enhanced the potential amount of obtainable oil (and America's total reserves have the potential to be
Not long ago, I wrote Ten Reasons Why High Oil Prices are a Problem. If high oil prices can be a problem, how can low oil prices also be a problem? In particular, how can the steep drop in oil prices we have recently been experiencing also be a problem? Let me explain some of
You may not have felt a thing, but when food prices spiked in 2008 and 2011, they sent experts into a tizzy of debate over why it happened and what we can learn.
It's March 2014, and we still don't have a functioning Fuel Quality Directive, the only European law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport fuel, writes Laura Buffet.
La PepsiCo dice basta al Land Grabbing nella filiera produttiva. Una vittoria della campagna
If we don't mend our ways, wild areas nearly as big as Brazil will turn into farmland by 2050. A new U.N. report lays out a plan for avoiding that.
In this blog and other blogs that will follow, I will show you how laws of nature limit human expectations borne from ignorance and arroganc...
2013/04/10: There's a reason some call biofuels 'forbidden fuels'.
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About 80% of the world's total energy consumption is derived from fossil fuels, with only 12.5% from renewable resources. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources derived from sunlight - such
Genomic researchers say the same fungus that ended coal formation millennia ago may now be able to boost biofuel and bioenergy production.
Indigenous smallholder farmers are being violently evicted from land they have farmed for generations as giant companies move in to satisfy Europe's hunger for biofuels
Yesterday's Seattle Times carried news of AltAir and Imperium Renewables recent testimony at the US Senate. The companies say they plan to build 100 million gallon (AltAir, "in the Tacoma area") and 80 million gallon (Imperium, location unstated) facilities to make aviation biofuel. If both facilities were built in Washington State, it would bring the state's biodiesel/aviation biofuel production capacity to over 280 million gallons.
Why care about liquid fuel? There's a reason we use different forms of energy to do different jobs, and it's not because we're all just that fickle. Instead, we've made these decisions based on some combination of what has (historically, anyway) given us the best results, what is safest, what is most efficient, and what
Villagers vow to resist as wildlife vanishes and they are driven from their land to make way for water-thirsty crops
Rimedio peggiore del male? Sì, se per produrre combustibili "ecologici" si aumenta l'inquinamento. Servono urgenti norme che regolino l'uso di suolo associato alla produzione di biocarburanti. Che, ironia della sorte, nel 2020 potrebbero risultare fino al 167% più inquinanti dei combustibili fossili che sostituiranno. I guasti ambientali sarebbero dovuti innanzitutto alle grandi quantità di fertilizzanti