Tag Archives: algae

Food security and biofuels

Biofuels are renewable because they’re made from plants or animals, which grow. But sometimes biofuels are produced in ways that are not sustainable. Hungry people sometimes pay the cost. Can food security and biofuels go hand in hand? Today Léna … Continue reading

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GM oilseeds for Britain?

This year in Britain, we heard there’d be no GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered, biotech) crops. It didn’t last. A new GM crop might soon be field-tested here. Eventually this crop might reduce pressure on overfished seas. A land plant … Continue reading

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Using Algae to Control Industrial Emissions

Originally posted on THE DIRT:
In a session at the 2013 Greenbuild in Philadelphia, Taimur Burki, Global Green Building Program Manager for Intel Corporation, and Joshua Wray, Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) at Arizona State University, discussed the possibility of using…

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Developing advanced biofuels

In the United States, the Agriculture Secretary is Tom Vilsack. He’s offering money to develop commercial-scale biorefineries or retrofit existing facilities with appropriate technology to develop advanced biofuels. ‘Advanced biofuels’ means that these fuels are to come from non-food sources. … Continue reading

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Where are we going with biofuels?

The word ‘sustainable’ can ring hollow. Like ‘the environment’ and ‘the people’, ‘sustainable’ is an easy thing to say without meaning much. One of my most loyal blog followers, eqfe, has commented a few times about my ‘sustainable’ tag here. … Continue reading

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Microalgae: renewable biofuel source with no need for fresh water. Just give them our wastewater.

Originally posted on Just Science:
Last week, I presented illustrations for yeast and a microalgal species of Chlamydomonas. Today I will expound on part of this. Ongoing research is working to identify ways to circumvent the need for fresh water,…

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The High Cost of Cheap Nitrogen

Originally posted on Global Food Politics:
West Fertilizer Plant Explosion. Source: The New Yorker. The explosion of the fertilizer factory in West, Texas, earlier this month was lost amid discussion of the Boston Marathon bombing. Yet the tragic explosion highlights…

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