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Ohio Legislature Will Renew Attempt To Repair Lake Erie 25.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A plan to slow down some of what's feeding the toxic algae in Lake Erie will be back in front of state lawmakers early next year. The Ohio Legislature ran out of time within the last few weeks to pass new rules for farmers and water treatment plant operators in an attempt to improve water quality. A key state lawmaker behind the bill, which would ban farmers in northwestern Ohio from spreading manure on frozen and saturated fields, expects those proposals to come back before the Legislature in January. "We have to address it as soon as possible," said Rep. Dave Hall, a Republican from Millersburg. Several in the Legislature and within Ohio Gov. John Kasich's administration say a top priority in the coming year will be tackling the toxic algae that left residents around Toledo and in southeastern Michigan without water for two days in early August. Since then, lawmakers have been studying the problem and trying to come up solutions. Their first step is the proposal that would ban the ...
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Carbon Dioxide Threat To Mussels' Shells 24.12.2014 Environmental News Network
The world's mussel population could be under threat as rising CO2 levels in atmosphere and oceans makes their shells weaker and more brittle shells - making them more vulnerable to stormy seas, and predation.
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Carnivorous plants benefit from meatless Mondays 24.12.2014 TreeHugger
Plants once thought to be purely carnivorous actually harvest and thrive on a buffet of vegetarian options
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New owner to convert Little Falls ethanol plant for renewable chemicals 24.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Carnivorous Plants Follow the Vegetarian Trend 22.12.2014 Environmental News Network
Carnivorous plants catch and digest tiny animals in order and derive benefits for their nutrition. Interestingly the trend towards vegetarianism seems to overcome carnivorous plants as well. The aquatic carnivorous bladderwort, which can be found in many lakes and ponds worldwide, does not only gain profit from eating little animals but also by consuming algae and pollen grains. This results in survival in aquatic habitats where prey animals are rare, and in increased fitness if the animals and algae are caught in a well-balanced diet. An Austrian research group around Marianne Koller-Peroutka and Wolfram Adlassnig published these results in the respected journal Annals of Botany.
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Corn Ethanol: A Lump of Coal in Your Christmas Stocking 19.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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New process turns biomass 'waste' into chemical products 18.12.2014 Environmental News Network
A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel for racecars and jets. A team of researchers from Purdue University's Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, or C3Bio, has developed a process that uses a chemical catalyst and heat to spur reactions that convert lignin into valuable chemical commodities. Lignin is a tough and highly complex molecule that gives the plant cell wall its rigid structure.
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Closing in on ALS? Link Between Lethal Disease and Algae Explored 18.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Residents of Toledo, Ohio, lost drinking water for days this summer when toxins from a Lake Erie algal bloom were found in the water supply. (Photo: Jeff Reutter / Ohio Sea Grant )For 28 years, Bill Gilmore lived in a New Hampshire beach town, where he surfed and kayaked. “I’ve been in water my whole life,” he said. “Before the ocean, it was lakes. I’ve been a water rat since I was four.” Now Gilmore can no longer swim, fish or surf, let alone button a shirt or lift a fork to his mouth. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In New England, medical researchers are now uncovering clues that appear to link some cases of the lethal neurological disease to people’s proximity to lakes and coastal waters. About five years ago, doctors at a New Hampshire hospital noticed a pattern in their ALS patients – many of them, like Gilmore, lived near water. Since then, researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have identified several ALS hot spots ...
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EPA damns itself with faint praise in response to Inspector General's Gulf Dead Zone report 17.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ann Alexander, Senior Attorney, Chicago: You may recall, if you follow these things, that the EPA Office of the Inspector General—EPA’s independent internal watchdog—issued a report in September criticizing EPA’s hands-off approach toward  addressing the nation’s algae pollution crisis.  The Inspector General provided data...
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That electric car may not be as green as you think 15.12.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Hey, electric-car drivers: Before you get all smug about your green cred, ask yourselves a couple of key questions:

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More Than Just Cute, Sea Otters Are Superheroes Of The Marsh 15.12.2014 NPR Health Science
Sea otters are furry and photogenic, but those aren't the only reasons to save them from extinction. Turns out that just by eating, they can preserve their entire estuarine ecosystems.
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Biofuel innovators look for a breakout 14.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
In a northeast Minneapolis laboratory, veteran chemical engineers think they have found a better way to produce biodiesel from waste grease.
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Chicago City Council should bury the E15 mandate 13.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
To their credit, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and some of his City Council allies last week blocked, at least for now, the huge lobbying drive to impose a Chicago mandate on ethanol in gasoline that would be much higher than the national ...
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Minnesota ethanol plant penalized for polluting; 4th fine since 2009 12.12.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Previous fines for Corn Plus in Winnebago have totaled $660,000; The latest fine comes as it has an application pending with the MPCA for renewal of its environmental permits.
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Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago fined 11.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Corn Plus has paid about $660,000 in state and federal penalties for air and water quality violations and agreed to environmental improvements costing nearly $700,000 since 2009.
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Corn Plus Ethanol Plant In Winnebago Fined 11.12.2014 WCCO: National
(credit: Germain Moyon/AFP/Getty Images)The Corn Plus ethanol plant in the south-central Minnesota city of Winnebago has agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty and take steps to reduce its air pollution and noise levels.
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Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago fined again for pollution violations 11.12.2014 Star Tribune: Local
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European Parliament must pick up the pieces after shoddy biofuels deal 9.12.2014 Oxfam International RSS main feed

European Parliament must pick up the pieces after shoddy biofuels deal

EU energy ministers met today to adopt amendments to the Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive made in June.

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Chicago aldermen back E15 gas at city pumps 9.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Larger Chicago gas stations would have just short of a year to install new pumps for fuel with higher levels of ethanol under a controversial measure the City Council Finance Committee endorsed ...
Will aldermen revive this ethanol ruse? 7.12.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Last summer the Chicago City Council briefly considered an ordinance that would require gas stations in the city to sell a blend of fuel called E15, which has the potential to damage your car ...
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