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Biofuels

The Climate Post: EPA Finalizes Biofuel Mandate

Tim Profeta | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final 2013 biofuel volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Issued Tuesday, the...

Biofuels and Biomass Lose Favor: Investors Beware!

Rachel Smolker | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

Cutting, burning, and clearing our forests and fields to supply massive quantities of plant materials to electric utilities and refineries appears ever more ludicrous and misguided. Think ancient Mayan civilization collapse.

Jane Long On Climate Change: 'Stop Greenhouse Gas Emissions Completely'

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.27.2013 | Green

Associate Director-at-Large at Lawrence Livermore National Lab Jane Long joins Josh to talk about the immediate steps necessary to combat climate chan...

Genetically Engineered Trees and Glowing Synthetic Plants? No Thanks

Rachel Smolker | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

For the techno-obsessed, ideas are spawned, scientists get grants, become "experts" and build careers, patents are filed, business ventures launched, and PR firms hired, all before the fundamental questions are raised: Is this environmentally safe, responsible and fair?

Big Thinking at Fortune's "Brainstorm Green": Why Are We Politicizing Good, New Ideas?

Tanya M. Acker | Posted 07.07.2013 | Green
Tanya M. Acker

Sadly, rather than applauding this type of innovation we're instead stranded in a political culture that seems hell bent on demonizing it. Certainly, the development of alternative energy technologies has seen its mistakes and miscalculations but what industry hasn't?

Fighting Climate Change and Creating "Green Jobs": Is Hemp the Silver Bullet?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Nikolas Kozloff

Given all of these benefits, why have Obama and the political establishment chosen to remain silent? The explanation has to do with retrograde and backward beliefs which have been hindering environmental progress for a generation.

Congress's Affair With Ethanol: Love Gone Wrong?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Knowing what's behind Congress's passion for ethanol as a fuel is not quite as inscrutable as knowing what sparks romantic love, so let's look at some possibilities.

Honduras: The War on Peasants

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Eric Holt Gimenez

Honduras is one more case in the epidemic of global land grabs sweeping the planet. Hundreds of thousands of peasants and indigenous people are being violently displaced. The result has been called "The War on Peasants."

The Climate Post: Bacteria Surviving at High Altitudes Could Play a Role in Global Climate

Tim Profeta | Posted 04.03.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that even as high as 30,000 feet in the sky, fungi and bacteria are present in the air. These living microorganisms could very well affect global climate.

Laugh or Cry? Obama's New Commitment on Climate Change

Rachel Smolker | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

What will our emboldened president offer up this time? Will it be more false solutions intended to create an impression of doing something while really just ensuring more profitable business opportunities for the 1 percent?

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2013 | Green
Andrew Winston

We may not be keeping pace with these pressures, but leading companies continue to evolve more sustainable strategies and tactics. Let's look at some top macro- and company-level stories.

Car Safety 2013: 32,000 Dead -- Where's the Outrage?

Steve Parker | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business
Steve Parker

Some 32,367 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2011. That's nearly 100 a day dying on our nation's highways, yet any apparent outrage remains muted at best.

A 'Sustainable' Military?

Rachel Smolker | Posted 02.03.2013 | Green
Rachel Smolker

This past week, the Senate voted to strike language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have limited military use of biofuels

With Senate's Support, Advanced Biofuel Industry Ready for Takeoff

Nicole Lederer | Posted 01.30.2013 | Green
Nicole Lederer

As military support commercializes the industry, a new, much larger global market for these clean fuels could be commercial aviation, which -- like the military -- wants to reduce exposure to oil.

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.

For Returning Tennessee Veterans, Clean Energy Jobs Are a Perfect Fit

Nicole Lederer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Nicole Lederer

While Tennessee might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of clean energy, Gen. Castellaw sees opportunity in his home state.

Future Gazing for Our Food Supply

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

How many of us have wished we could predict the future? To gaze into a crystal ball and see our fate in fifty years time? A group of agricultural researchers from around the globe are coming together to do just that, and examine the future of our food system.

Climate Silence Is Bad for Our Economy

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 12.22.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

By refusing to address climate consequences, both candidates reinforce the idea that we either focus on economic growth or we focus on the environment. In fact, the truth is the two are inextricable intertwined and we cannot address one without addressing the other.

'Most Biofuels Are Not Green,' Researchers Allege

Posted 09.27.2012 | Green

From Earth Techling's Pete Danko: Biofuels were under the microscope all summer in the U.S. due to drought-prompted concerns about the bite they ca...

Europe To Limit Crop-Based Biofuels

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2012 | Green

* Policy will cut crop-based target, encourage new biofuel sources * Draft proposals need member state approval * U.S. ...

Insights From Student Innovators

XPRIZE | Posted 11.13.2012 | Green
XPRIZE

When I joined X PRIZE a few months ago, I was given the task of coordinating the judging process for the 2012 MetaPrize award.

Obama's Energy Plan by the Numbers

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.06.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

What does the Obama administration plan for our energy future? To find out, we'll let the words tell the story.

The Romney-Ryan Energy Plan by the Numbers

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.29.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

The word cloud shown below provides some interesting insights: "U.S." and "energy" are front and center and "Obama" is pretty prominent -- although it's a safe bet that he's not being mentioned or discussed in a positive light. In terms of energy sources, "oil" is by far the dominant player and "gas" is no slouch.

Have We Exhausted Our Other Options?

Carl Pope | Posted 10.20.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

This coming generation of clean energy advocates coming out of military service is not the only sign that the US may be turning a corner. Concern about climate among the general public has spiked in the wake of the heat, drought and fires of this summer.

Fearing World Food Crisis, U.N. Presses U.S. On Biofuels

Reuters | Posted 10.10.2012 | Green

By Catherine Hornby ROME, Aug 10 (Reuters) - The U.N.'s food agency stepped up the pressure on the United States on Fr...