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Ethanol industry having a solid year 21.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Fuel producers are paying less than half what they paid two years ago for corn.
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Campaign donations highlight winners, losers in Brazil election 20.9.2014 World
By Silvio Cascione and Brad Haynes BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's financial markets have rallied on the prospect of environmentalist Marina Silva unseating President Dilma Rousseff in next month's election, but political donations show plenty of companies may be wary of a new administration. Silva's market-friendly proposals promise relief for oil giant Petrobras, ethanol mills and private banks. But they could also cause headaches for a range of firms facing tougher competition, higher borrowing costs and maybe even more taxes, especially in the energy and auto industries. ...
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Chevron CEO Q&A: Oil prices, exports, pipelines, Russia, greenhouse gases and renewables 18.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
John Watson covered a lot of ground -- addressing political crises in Russia and the Middle East and the future of oil prices. He slammed California's cap and trade scheme, explained why Chevron does not have a commercial biofuels plant, and argued that the U.S. should allow crude oil exports.
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U.S. To Train Veterans To Install Solar Panels, White House Announces 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases. The Agriculture Department will also spend nearly $70 million to fund 540 solar and renewable energy projects, focused on rural and farming areas. And the Energy Department will propose stricter efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners, a move the department said could cut emissions more than any other efficiency standard it has issued to date. The proposals are modest compared with what Obama has asked Congress to do through legislation to promote clean energy, invest in infrastructure projects and force reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. But with ...
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New Hydrogen Production Method Could Help Store Renewable Energy 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Scientists at Scotland's University of Glasgow say they've found a new way to produce hydrogen from clean, renewable energy sources. In a paper published in September in the journal Science, the researchers explain how they've created a system that can produce hydrogen 30 times quicker than ever before, and using power from green energy like wind and solar. Hydrogen is a clean fuel, producing only water when consumed . It has minimal environmental impacts if burned to produce electricity, and companies are already making hydrogen-powered cars that don't produce harmful emissions. But, hydrogen is not usually produced using carbon-free sources, meaning it is not inherently a climate neutral energy source . As Lee Cronin, who led the research team, pointed out in a university news release, “Around 95% of the world’s hydrogen supply is currently obtained from fossil fuels , a finite resource which we know harms the environment and speeds climate change.” Hydrogen also has the potential to store renewable ...
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Red Tide Off Florida Smothering Everything In Its Path; Could Cause 'Considerable' Damage 17.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy. Known as "red tide," this particular strain called Karenia brevis is present nearly every year off Florida, but large blooms can be particularly devastating. Right now, the algae is collecting in an area about 60 miles wide and 100 miles long, about 5 to 15 miles off St. Petersburg in the south and stretching north to Florida's Big Bend, where the peninsula ends and the Panhandle begins. Fishermen who make a living off the state's northwest coast are reporting fish kills and reddish water. "It boils up in the propeller wash like boiled red Georgia clay. It's spooky," said Clearwater fisherman Brad Gorst as he steered the charter fishing boat Gulfstream 2 in waters near Honeymoon Island, where dead fish recently washed ashore. Red tide kills fish, manatees and other ...
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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy 17.9.2014 AP Top News
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy....
Red tide threatens fishing, tourism economy in northwest Florida; spurs call for more study 17.9.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy 17.9.2014 Yahoo: US National
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It's like Florida's version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region's economy.
Renovation making waves at U's St. Anthony Falls lab 17.9.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
The University of Minnesota has completed its renovation of the famous lab on the Mississippi River, adding new research devices that will enable more extensive wind and wave tests.
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Clean Transportation Is Driving Us Toward a Low-Carbon Future 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Some snapshots from across this legendarily car-loving nation: American car buyers can get more miles per gallon than ever before. Window stickers at new car lots displayed a record high average fuel economy of 25.8 mpg in August, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute . Nevada just beat out Texas, Arizona and California in a fierce competition to host a giant electric-vehicle battery factory designed to slash battery costs and electric car prices. As Forbes notes, the $5 billion factory's annual output -- expected to be 500,000 per year -- will top last year's lithium-ion battery production for the entire world. The first of several large-scale cellulosic ethanol plants planned for the Midwest opened this month in Iowa. Agricultural waste from hundreds of farms is being turned into fuel. These are just a few of the thousands of deals, large and small, designed to cash in on the economic opportunity inherent in America's drive for cleaner transportation. In the United ...
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Heat Wave Causes Power Demand To Soar In California 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A heat wave sent Californians to their air conditioners Friday and drove power demand to its highest peak of the year as the southern region sweltered under 100-degree temperatures. Statewide electrical demand peaked Monday afternoon at 45,090 megawatts, beating a record for the year that was set on July 30, said Steven Greenlee, spokesman for the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state's power grid. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power saw demand peak at 6,196 megawatts, surpassing a record set about four years ago, spokeswoman Michelle Vargas said. The Los Angeles Unified School District canceled outside high school sporting events through Tuesday, and the San Diego Unified School District set minimum-day schedules for schools that didn't have air conditioning in all classrooms. Woodland Hills in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley hit a high of 107, breaking a 1989 record for the date of 106, the National Weather Service reported. Riverside's 108 tied a ...
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How 3 biodiesel companies defy the odds in a challenging industry 16.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Biodiesel is good for the environment and the economy, yet it's not getting the love it deserves — starting with regulation.

How 3 biodiesel companies defy the odds in a challenging industry
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As U.S. farm cycle turns, tractor makers may suffer longer than farmers 16.9.2014 Yahoo: Business
By James B. Kelleher CHICAGO (Reuters) - Farm equipment makers insist the sales slump they face this year because of lower crop prices and farm incomes will be short-lived. Yet there are signs the downturn may last longer than tractor and harvester makers, including Deere & Co , are letting on and the pain could persist long after corn, soybean and wheat prices rebound. ...
Buffalo Lake ethanol plant returns to production 16.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Town of 733 welcomes back a business that has closed twice.
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Midwest Officials Call For Regional Solution To Toxic Algae 15.9.2014 NPR: Morning Edition
The growing problem with toxic blue-green algae in lakes in the Midwest took the spotlight in August after the Ohio city of Toledo banned its drinking water for two days. Toledo could be a wakeup call for people around Lake Erie, and one advocacy group is calling for a watershed-wide management plan similar to what the Chesapeake Bay has.
Seaweed Fans Flock to Expo in South Korea 15.9.2014 Wall St. Journal: World
At the international seaweed expo in the small fishing town of Wando, there was plenty of the slimy stuff to eat, spread on one's body or even use as a fuel for cars.
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Green Lake closed to swimming for people and pets 14.9.2014 Seattle Times: Local
Green Lake is closed to swimming, due to high levels of toxins in the algae. Neither people nor pets should swim, wade or play in the lake, public health officials announced Friday.
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Close potential loophole on rail tank cars, suburbs urged 13.9.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Chicago area communities must act soon to demand the federal government tighten proposed regulations on railroad tank cars that carry crude oil and other hazardous materials, a coalition of suburbs ...
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Seattle lake closed to swimming due to toxic algae 13.9.2014 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle parks and public health officials have closed a popular city lake to swimming and other water contact for people and pets because of an increased level of toxins in the algae....
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