Tag Archives: fuel

Wind power and nuclear power

Here in Britain our Energy Secretary is Edward Davey. This week he announced that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DOCC), which he leads, will invest more in offshore wind farms to generate electricity. This comes just two weeks … Continue reading

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More corn grown in U.S. this year than ever before. Thanks, biofuels.

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Cars and cows are slurping up the largest corn crop ever grown in the U.S. With the fall corn harvest three-quarters done, traders are anticipating a yield of about 14 billion bushels, Bloomberg reports. That exceeds forecasts…

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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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Existing cropland could feed four billion more by dropping biofuels and animal feed

Emily Cassidy at the University of Minnesota says that four billion more people could eat if existing croplands were used in better ways. ‘We already produce enough calories to feed a few billion more people. As our planet gets more … Continue reading

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Electric cars and bacterial plastics

We need to get better at using organisms. Organisms are alive so they can breed. That is, they’re renewable. Some of them can be used in ways that, people claim, are sustainable. That is, using some organisms is supposed to … 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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Agricultural biotech against poverty and hunger

Too many people are hungry. Many of the hungry people are African. Biotechnology might help. The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) tells us how biotech can help to feed people. ‘A successful strategy should have MULTIPLE … Continue reading

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