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Borneo Is Still Burning After Two Months of Fires

Robert Hii | Posted 10.20.2015 | Green
Robert Hii

The spotty coverage by Western media has been disappointing considering that the forest fires in these few months could equal to the total annual carbon emissions of the UK.

Flying on Fat, Farm Waste and Trash

XPRIZE | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green

Passengers who frequent United Airlines' West Coast shuttle service between Los Angeles and San Francisco will soon be doing their part to save the planet simply by taking their seats and fastening their seatbelts.

A Balancing Act: Food for the Hungry, Fuel for Your Car

Shenggen Fan | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Shenggen Fan

How can we strike a balance in achieving food security and nutrition for the poor (who are often rural farmers in developing countries), while supporting innovation for alternative fuels?

Not All Renewable Energy Is Created Equal

Kelly Stone | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Kelly Stone

Energy sources must be closely examined and their impacts on both the environment and communities accurately assessed. The world, and its most vulnerable people, cannot afford anything less.

Jenny Che

United Airlines Wants To Fuel Jets With Your Leftover Dinner | Jenny Che | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business

Your dinner leftovers could soon be powering your next flight.

Kate Sheppard

The EPA Announced New Requirements For Biofuels, And Basically Everyone Is Unhappy | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed new volume requirements for biofuels, to a chorus of complaints from all sides. ...

Obama Saying So Long to Green Biofuels?

Paul Alexander | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

In the seventh year of his presidency, Barack Obama is being forced to defend himself against the unusual charge that he's not progressive -- or at least not progressive enough. Forget that in the past critics have called him a socialist.

Two Birds With One Stone: Transforming Waste Into Biofuel

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Around the global south, cities struggle to provide electricity and energy to all their residents, and unsurprisingly, the poorest residents are most likely to remain disconnected from formal power systems. Many of the same cities also face an immense garbage challenge: what to do with overwhelming amounts of unsanitary and even toxic waste.

After the Biofuel Fail, Does Synthetic Biology Have a Future?

Bryan Johnson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology
Bryan Johnson

Synthetic biology will be the future of manufacturing, engineering and medicine. But for now, there's nothing wrong with focusing on start-ups that will generate revenue while moving up the complexity curve faster and more predictably than anyone else.

Time to End Fuel Subsidies

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What's wrong with using tax-payers' money to make energy more affordable for everyone? The first problem is that not "everyone" benefits equally. In the average developing country, two thirds of gasoline subsidies go to the rich and only 3 percent go to the poor.

Clean Cookstoves Drive Gender Equality

Radha Muthiah | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Radha Muthiah

Imagine spending hours every day cooking your family's food over an open fire, your eyes burning and lungs struggling from the constant smoke. Then imagine spending additional hours, often in the dark of dawn or dusk, searching for the fuel needed to start cooking again.

From Green Glop to Black Gold

XPRIZE | Posted 04.28.2015 | Green

Algae is everywhere, it grows easily, and it's full of lipids that, when successfully extracted, have the perfect chemical makeup to be transformed into hydrocarbon fuel. The trick, as always, is to do the processing in a cost-effective and cost-efficient way, a goal that has been elusive so far. Enter Nevada-based Algae Systems.

Looking Beyond the Crisis

Jose Graziano da Silva | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Jose Graziano da Silva

In Europe, as in the BRICS and other countries that experienced rapid growth during the expansive phase of the cycle, we are now in the phase when the down side of the curve teems with uncertainties that discourage decisions to invest.

Listening to People of the Amazon During COP 20: A Story of Land Rights

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Winnie Byanyima

I am here in Peru to push world leaders to act on climate change at the UNFCCC climate change negotiations but away from the diplomats and the conference centre, I went to listen to the people being directly affected by another area Oxfam works on, land rights.

PUMP - How, When and Why to End Our Oil Reliance

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 12.28.2014 | Teen

This film is a wake up call offering alternatives that you can implement today and help break the oil monopoly.

Biofuels Plant Converts Plant Waste To Ethanol

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new biofuels plant in southwest Kansas represents the future of ethanol production in the United States, Energy Secretary Ern...

Deaths in Peru Show the Need to Protect Land Rights of Local Communities

Marie Clarke | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Marie Clarke

Unfortunately, this problem is by no means limited to Peru. Poor communities in many countries around the world are being kicked off their land, often to be replaced by large agri-business projects that cause environmental damage and bring little or no benefits to the local area.

Cellulosic Ethanol: Firsts, Failures, Myths and Risks

Rachel Smolker | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Wires have been buzzing with news about the "first" commercial production of cellulosic biofuels, a project of POET and the Dutch State Mines (DSM) in Emmetsburg, Iowa that is to produce ethanol from corn stover.

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

Scientists Generate Renewable Propane From Common Gut Bacterium

Reuters | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green

LONDON (Reuters) - British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intest...

Protect California's Energy Security

Michael Wu | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Michael Wu

Before the end of the legislative session this Friday, California legislators are pondering action worse than just kicking the can down the road -- they're actively considering taking a dive on our energy security.

Proposed City of Chicago Ethanol Ordinance Would be a Step in the Right Direction

Michael Wang, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2014 | Chicago
Michael Wang, Ph.D.

A proposed City of Chicago ordinance that would require most gas stations to offer E15 fuel - 15 percent ethanol, 85 percent gasoline - is one example of a smaller step we can take now to increase our use of renewable energy sources.

Is Toxic Algae Good for You?

Rachel Smolker | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

The effort to produce algae biofuels has been underway for many, many years, though you wouldn't know it given that there are still virtually none being produced at commercial scale. The hype about making "cheap, abundant fuels with nothing but sunlight and water" remains in spite of the reality on the ground.

The Climate Post: China and U.S. Sign Pacts on Climate Change

Tim Profeta | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

The world's two largest carbon emitters have signed pacts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The deals--actually eight projects demonstrating smart grid...

Say What? White House Plots With Secretive Investment Firm With Ties to Bushes And Bin Ladens?

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

President Obama likes to say that his is "the most transparent administration" ever. But members of the environmental community and biofuel industry -- some of his most ardent supporters in the past -- might beg to differ.