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Category: Biomass
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First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution 22.4.2017 BBC: Business
Friday was the first day coal wasn't used to generate electricity since the Industrial Revolution, says the National Grid.
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UK set for first full day without coal power 21.4.2017 BBC: Business
The National Grid confident of achieving the feat as natural gas plays a bigger role in supply.
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Duluth launches coal-cutting energy pilot 13.4.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The city's switch at its steam plant from coal to natural gas is expected to cut the city's carbon emissions by 10 percent this year.
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Traditional composting isn't the only means of converting organic waste into energy 31.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
An inquisitive crowd attended the recent Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Talking Green program on anaerobic digestion to learn how organic waste can be turned into energy and fuel using methods from do-it-yourself projects to industrial-scale equipment that could transform consumer waste at a large ski area. The difference between household composting and anaerobic digestion is that the former relies on oxygen, while anaerobic digestion is a process where microorganisms break down biodegradable materials in the absence of oxygen. Alex King, an intern at Innovative Ag Colorado in Steamboat Springs, displayed his build-your-own anaerobic digester made from a model found on the open resource website Solarcities.eu . King, a native of Steamboat Springs, said his eventual goal is to use home food waste that will basically ferment into fuel within his closed container to produce enough methane to replace some of the propane used to power his backyard grill. “This is a great technique because it’s simple ...
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Gypsum’s condemnation of biomass plant acreage along Eagle River overturned by district court 24.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
An Eagle County District Court has rejected the Town of Gypsum’s condemnation of land next to the Eagle River owned by a biomass plant operator, saying the town failed to follow its own rules for publicly announcing its eminent domain plans.
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Japanese companies introduces cutting edge technology for modern lifestyle 7.3.2017 New Kerala: World News
Japanese companies introduces cutting edge technology for modern lifestyle
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Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change 23.2.2017 BBC: Business
A new report says that using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a highly flawed policy.
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A 'Green Leap Forward' in China? What a Load of Biomass 3.2.2017 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Beijing talks a big game about renewable energy, but it will remain reliant on coal for decades.
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Biogas company raises a stink over Weld County’s decision to shut down its plant 28.12.2016 Denver Post: Local
A company that converts cow manure into gas energy has sued Weld County commissioners in federal court claiming their "irrational" decision to shut down the renewable energy company's $115 million plant was based on a relatively small number of complaints even though it is in compliance with county odor levels.
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With an Enemy Like Trump, Climate Activists Should Look Beyond the Paris Accord 22.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Trump's announcement that he intends to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement has generated outrage worldwide. But many climate activists who find such carbon-trading-dependent agreements woefully insufficient believe it's time for people worldwide to take the climate fight local, like at Standing Rock. President Obama, center right, joining other leaders for a photo at the UN climate change conference in Le Bourget, near Paris, on Novvember 30, 2015. (Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times) The first local environmental campaign I ever got involved in was against Donald Trump. I was living in Aberdeen, Scotland, when, in March 2006 Trump announced his plans to convert one of my favorite nature sites north of Aberdeen into a golf course, hotel and housing complex. Menie Estate, which he had acquired, lay at the heart of a landscape and ecosystem unique within Scotland : a large expanse of shifting sand dunes, home to a diverse community of plants found only on acidic, sandy soils, and well known ...
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California has 102 million dead trees - and no easy answers for what to do with them 28.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

California has more than 100 million dead trees in its forests — and no easy way to deal with them.

Based on aerial surveys, the U.S. Forest Service concluded that more than 102 million trees have died across the state’s forests since 2010. More than half — 62 million — died this year alone. There...

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Poo power 16.11.2016 BBC: Business
A look at the firms embracing the circular economy by trying to turn human waste into something useful.
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Building an Environmentally Sound House Cheaply, in a Week 15.11.2016 Truthout.com
There's an emerging revolution in housing that's helping people build eco-friendly modular houses for under $25,000. Using 3-D printing techniques, the open-source home construction community is building self-sufficient solar-powered modular houses capable of harvesting rainwater and producing energy from organic waste. Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! Should construction industry giants be worried? After open-source software and the manufacture of machines and objects, the global fabber [3-D printer] community is now turning to actual open-source house construction. Providing plans and techniques that are accessible to everyone, collaborative construction and assemblage of components (from the United States to France, by way of Great Britain), a true community of "free housing" is emerging and self-organizing to revolutionize construction and its financing and ...
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UNICEF: Pollution kills 600K kids yearly 31.10.2016 CNN: Top Stories
UNICEF is calling on world leaders to reduce air pollution, saying it leads to the deaths of more children yearly than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined.
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Biochar seen as potential market for forest 11.9.2016 Durango Herald
A type of biomass may be an untapped market for the vast stands of ponderosa pine in the San Juan National Forests that are in dire need of thinning.Ponderosa timber does not have a very lucrative market, and forest sales are mostly for a limited firewood market.The situation creates a vexing problem for government foresters...
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Japan produces silicone prosthetics for patients in need 24.8.2016 New Kerala: Health News
Tokyo, Aug.24 : Located in the mountainous Shimane Prefecture, Nakamura Brace provides high quality prosthetics and orthotics for those in need.
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Real-life repercussions confront lawmakers haggling over cap-and-trade program's future 17.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary
For more than two decades, Dianne Franklin's logging business hummed in harmony with the power plant next door.  Her employees cut and processed trees from the forests surrounding Mt. Shasta and sent biomass waste - giant mounds of wood chips - to her neighbor, which burned up the byproducts to...
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Port Angeles paper mill, biomass cogeneration plant for sale 15.8.2016 AP Washington
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- A Port Angeles paper mill and a newly built biomass facility that provides the mill with electricity are for sale....
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Cashing in on Cellulosic Ethanol: Subsidy Loophole Set to Rescue Corn Biofuel Profits 9.8.2016 Truthout.com
Subsidies intended for next-generation cellulosic ethanol production are to be applied to a trivial improvement to corn ethanol refining technologies. Since cellulosic ethanol qualifies for much higher subsidies, this will significantly increase corn refinery profits and boost the demand for corn but will do nothing to combat climate change or promote energy independence. This is all thanks to an EPA policy to boost the previously (almost) non-existing cellulosic biofuel production in the US by widening and watering down the definition of that term. Thanks to this policy, cellulosic ethanol subsidies can now go towards biofuels made from the same corn kernels as conventional corn ethanol. After decades of promises that biofuels derived from cellulosic biomass -- i.e. from wood, grasses and crop residues -- would replace them, the biofuel market worldwide remains firmly stuck on food crops and plant oils.  In 2015 , the US produced 16.6 billion gallons of biofuels. Just 2.2 million gallons were classed as ...
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Flush, then fill up: Japan taps sewage to fuel hydrogen-powered cars 31.7.2016 L.A. Times - World News

Does the future of driving start with flushing your toilet?

When Mutsuro Yuji, chief of the central sewage plant here in this southern Japanese city, first heard about the idea of making hydrogen from biogas — the combination of methane and carbon dioxide produced by the breakdown of stinky matter...

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