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Biofuel manufacturing plant catches fire in southern India 27.4.2016 Washington Post: World
A biofuel manufacturing plant caught fire in southern India, triggering explosions in biodiesel tanks and forcing around 150 workers to flee the facility, officials said Wednesday.
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Drones will help scientists find the best plant for biofuel 22.4.2016 Yahoo: Business
Starry stonewort discovery prompts efforts to stop algae 12.4.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The invasive grass-like algae is native to Asia and Europe. Besides Minnesota, it has also been confirmed in New York, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.
A Thai startup is growing spirulina on a Bangkok rooftop 9.4.2016 TreeHugger
EnerGaia, a Thai startup, is using the rooftop of a Bangkok hotel to harvest spirulina. Is this the new edible rockstar of urban farming?
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Can A Bottle Made From Algae End The World's Plastic Addiction? 7.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It started as a homework assignment for a college class, but the biodegradable, algae-based container 32-year-old product design student Ari Jónsson ended up creating has the potential to shake up the plastic water bottle industry.   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Sanders and Clinton Back Bioenergy, but Activists Say It's the Wrong Alternative 7.4.2016 Truthout - All Articles
For more original Truthout election coverage, check out our election section, "Beyond the Sound Bites: Election 2016." The number one form of "renewable" energy in the United States is bioenergy, an energy source derived from burning trees, crops, manure, trash or waste for electricity and/or heat, or converting transportation fuels. According to the Energy Information Administration, 49.6 percent of renewable energy in the US in 2014 came from bioenergy; 18 percent, from wind; and 4.4 percent, from solar photovoltaics. With 82 percent of US energy generated from fossil fuels , barring a reduction in energy consumption, policies facilitating the transition away from oil, gas and coal will likely continue to rely, in large part, on bioenergy.  Bioenergy poses risks because of its carbon emissions, contributions to air pollution and freshwater demand. Bioenergy's main selling point is that, unlike foreign oil, it's a locally sourced feedstock, which means more money stays in local economies. Industry and ...
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Algae's enzyme might hold the secret to mass producing biofuel 7.4.2016 Technology
This Living Necklace Glows With Bioluminescent Algae 6.4.2016 Wired Top Stories
This Living Necklace Glows With Bioluminescent Algae
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Iowa corn feeding Brazil's demand for ethanol 6.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
At the Plymouth Energy plant in the heart of the U.S. corn belt -- where home-grown fuel from grain was supposed to ease American dependence on foreign oil -- every drop of ethanol goes to motorists in Brazil. Like many Midwest distillers, Plymouth’s Merrill, Iowa, plant was built a decade ago for a U.S. market that was importing ethanol to satisfy laws mandating increased use of renewable fuels. Since then, surplus capacity and a glut of cheap gasoline has left the industry navigating losses an...
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Energy company with polygamous ties has given University of Utah money for scholarships, research in Belize 4.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washakie Renewable Energy, the company that has already paid a fine for misusing a government biofuels program and was the subject of a federal raid earlier this year, gave the University of Utah $218,246 over five years, according to university records. The money went to the university’s College of Engineering, where one of Washakie’s founders, Jacob Kingston, received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The majority of the money was in donations for scholarships for mechanical and che...
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San Francisco's crabbers are back in business after toxic algae subside 2.4.2016 LA Times: Commentary

One by one, the big boats came in — the New Rayann, the Linda Noelle, Blind Faith. They circled past a breakwater and made their way to Pier 45.

With a well-practiced choreography of hoists and chains, bins and forklifts, each vessel quickly deposited thousands of pounds of flailing Dungeness crabs....

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Finland hopes for new growth from shrunken forest industry 30.3.2016 Yahoo: Business
It has created a modest 200 jobs in a Finnish forestry industry that has lost around 20,000 in the past decade, but UPM-Kymmene's new biofuels plant offers long-awaited growth and hope. The 180 million euro ($200 million) investment in wood-based renewable fuel production marks the first major case of transformation in a sector that has long been managing decline. UPM still makes 50 percent of its revenue from sales of paper, and biofuels can't yet plug a gap created by consumers in European export markets shifting from magazines and newspapers to smartphones and ...
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Pitching in to rescue a 'slice of heaven' 29.3.2016 Philly.com News
Newton Lake "is our slice of heaven," says Melissa Martell. "We can just come down to the dock, look at the lake, and forget our troubles," the Oaklyn resident adds.
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These scientists studying coral reefs were brought to tears -- but in a good way 24.3.2016 LA Times: Commentary

As ocean warming continues to trigger widespread destruction of coral reefs, a decade-long study of remote islands in the Central Pacific suggests these biodiversity hot spots may thrive despite the threats posed by an increasingly hotter planet.

With many parts of the globe in the grip of a nearly...

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Wrecked vessel washed ashore in Oregon may be from Japan tsunami 23.3.2016 Yahoo: US National
Algae and an oyster are among the clues Oregon biologists believe may link the vestiges of a sea-ravaged boat that washed up on a state beach on Tuesday to the devastating 2011 tsunami in Japan. Five years after Japan’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake set off a series of massive tsunami waves that demolished a swath of Japan’s Pacific coastline and killed nearly 20,000 people, debris - and sea creatures - from the disaster are still finding their way to the Oregon shore, said Chris Havel, a spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Barring a clear official identification, research on the animals tucked inside could help confirm whether the flotsam originated some 5,000 miles (8,000 km) away – more than double the distance from Canada to Mexico, said John Chapman, a biologist from Oregon State University who is testing the ...
This little flea -- and its huge appetite -- could ruin the Great Lakes 23.3.2016 Chicago Tribune: Nation
It's just a flea, no bigger than a speck. But it eats like a hog.  That's a problem because what the invasive spiny water flea from Europe and Asia likes to eat most is one of the coolest and most beneficial life forms in the food chain of Lake Mendota, the Daphnia flea. It grazes on algae, ...
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Report: Farmers doing too little to stop Lake Erie algae 22.3.2016 Yahoo: US National
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Cutting phosphorus runoff into Lake Erie enough to prevent harmful algae outbreaks would require sweeping changes on the region's farms that may include converting thousands of acres of cropland into grassland, scientists said in a report ...
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Architect Rene Peralta wants to build a solar farm on the Tijuana River. Would it work for L.A.? 22.3.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Los Angeles is not the only city that has encased its river in concrete.

The Tijuana River, like the Los Angeles River, is a once free-flowing body of water restrained by a cement canal. This bit of engineering has had the predictable effect of flushing water that might be repurposed straight out...

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Biofuel or Biofraud? The Vast Taxpayer Cost of Failed Cellulosic and Algal Biofuels 21.3.2016 Truthout.com
Biofuels consumed today are usually ethanol made from the sugar in sugar cane (or sugar beet) or they may be made from starch in grains. In the US this is mostly corn starch. Alternatively, biodiesel may be made from plant oils such as soybean or canola oil. Cellulosic biofuels, on the other hand, are biofuels made from crop residues (e.g. corn stover), wood, or whole plants, especially grasses (e.g. switchgrass). Cellulosic biofuels include cellulosic ethanol (made by isolating, breaking down and then fermenting the complex sugars in the cell walls of plants), as well as 'drop in biofuels'. These biofuels are chemically almost identical to fossil-fuel based kerosene, diesel or gasoline. In November 2014, cellulosic biofuel company KiOR filed for bankruptcy, having shut down their refinery in Columbus, Mississippi earlier that year. There have been many unsuccessful biofuel ventures of this type, but KiOR's stands out for four reasons: 1) They had sold the first-ever cellulosic biofuels made in a ...
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Inhabitat's Week in Green: A solar-powered plane, and more! 20.3.2016 Yahoo: Business
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