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Connecting the Green Dots

Risto Kuulasmaa | Posted 12.09.2015 | Green
Risto Kuulasmaa

We're beaming through the darkness. My friend turns off the motorboat engine and we glide in silence on the mild rocking waves of the Baltic Sea. The ...

Biomass, Biofuel, Biopower, and Bioenergy: Sound So Cool But Wreck the Climate and Rip Us Off

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Climate change is telling us to stop pitching pollution into the atmosphere--in much the same way that the bubonic plague taught our ancestors to stop dumping filth into the streets in the Middle Ages. We listened then, but not now.

Public Outcry Grows Over Uncontrolled Growth of the Biomass Energy Industry

Sasha Lyutse | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Sasha Lyutse

To date, Enviva and others in the biomass energy industry have operated largely under the radar and with little to no regulation. The North Carolina port expansion would only fuel the unbridled growth of this industry. But this week's public outcry signals that the tide is turning.

Scientists Urge EU To Rethink Burning Southern US Forests To Fight Climate Change

Robert J. Cabin | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green
Robert J. Cabin

A group of over 60 US scientists recently sent a letter to EU decision makers urging them to take swift action to "develop and adopt sustainability criteria and carbon accounting requirements to ensure adequate protections for forests and the climate."

Federal Court Affirms Science As Guide for How EPA Must Regulate Biomass Energy

Sasha Lyutse | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Sasha Lyutse

The decision once again made clear that not all bioenergy has the same carbon footprint -- and some increases climate-disrupting carbon pollution.

5 Key Changes That Will Secure the Future of Our Forests

James Thornton | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
James Thornton

The benefits from resilient forest ecosystems will accrue to current and future generations. But the direct beneficiaries should be the 1.4 billion people in forest-dependent communities whose rights need to be better reflected in law.

Say Cheese: Riding Alternative Biofuel to Energy Independence

Lance Seefeldt | Posted 01.14.2013 | College
Lance Seefeldt

The election may be over, but our country's need to become energy independent continues. Realizing the goal of making America self-sufficient in energy remains a ways off, but advances in the scientific community are making that future less distant.

Tanana -- Tiny City in Yukon Takes a Giant Renewable Step

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

In DC, our leaders are arguing over how much of our Alaskan wilderness we should open up for oil and gas extraction. In the meantime, some enterprising folks, with a lot less clout but a lot at stake, have decided to go their own renewable way.

First Do No Harm: Making Sure an Energy Bill Doesn't Fuel Global Warming

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

The Senate bill must not include measures that increase carbon emissions, take away the laws already on the books to cut those emissions, or weaken other protections for public health and the environment.

Scientists to Congress & Obama: count the carbon in biomass

Nathanael Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nathanael Greene

A group of leading scientists from across the country sent a letter to congressional leaders and Obama officials urging them to carefully count the carbon from biomass burned for energy.

Latest Draft of Senate Climate Bill: What's Good and What Needs Work

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The bill ensures the vast majority of allowances go to helping consumers, providing a level playing field for energy intensive industries, deploying low-carbon technologies, and preventing deforestation.