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What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae 1.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
The beach's poetic smell comes, in part, from a not-so-poetically-named sulfur compound called dimethyl sulfide, or ...
United Airlines investing $30 million in biofuels producer 30.6.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
United Airlines is investing $30 million in a company that makes biofuels for airplanes. United said Tuesday that the investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. could provide it with up to 180 million gallons of fuel per year. That’s just a drop in United’s fuel consumption — the Chicago airline burned 3.9 billion gallons last year […]
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Household trash will power airliners 30.6.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
United Airlines will make a pretty significant announcement today. It will announce the first investment by a domestic airline in a company that will provide alternative fuel. Fulcrum, a California-based company, turns household trash into jet fuel.
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As EPA Hands Down New Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard, Critics Say 'Blend Wall' a Fiction Created by Big Oil 29.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The renewable fuel industry is at a crossroads. It has been put into peril by a concept, known as a "blend wall," some observers believe is a fiction created by the oil industry. The very future of the renewable fuel industry hangs in the balance. The latest blow came on May 29 when the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new annual regulatory requirements for the enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Created by Congress in 2005, and enhanced by legislation in 2007, the RFS governs the amount of ethanol that must be blended by refiners each year into the gasoline supply. For the first time since it was conceived a decade ago, the Obama Administration has proposed weakening the RFS -- a blow to the green movement, the biofuels business, and especially the ethanol industry. The reduced requirements, to be finalized by November 30, are meaningful. "For 2015," The Wall Street Journal reported, "the EPA proposes...16.3 billion gallons, about four billion less than what the law requires. The ...
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As EPA Hands Down New Rules on Renewable Fuel Standard, Critics Say "Blend Wall" a Fiction Created by Big Oil 29.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The renewable fuel industry is at a crossroads. It has been put into peril by a concept, known as a "blend wall," some observers believe is a fiction created by the oil industry. The very future of the renewable fuel industry hangs in the balance. The latest blow came on May 29 when the Environmental Protection Agency proposed new annual regulatory requirements for the enforcement of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Created by Congress in 2005, and enhanced by legislation in 2007, the RFS governs the amount of ethanol that must be blended by refiners each year into the gasoline supply. For the first time since it was conceived a decade ago, the Obama Administration has proposed weakening the RFS -- a blow to the green movement, the biofuels business, and especially the ethanol industry. The reduced requirements, to be finalized by November 30, are meaningful. "For 2015," The Wall Street Journal reported, "the EPA proposes...16.3 billion gallons, about four billion less than what the law requires. The ...
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At a Crossroads, Biofuels Seek a New Path Forward 29.6.2015 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

New microbes and new techniques show promise for advanced biofuels, but the industry is still years away from real progress.

Attempting to chart a path forward for the beleaguered biofuels industry, a group of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have devised what they describe as a novel method for producing renewable jet fuel. Using sugarcane and the sugarcane waste called bagasse, the new process (described in a paper in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) could enable green refineries to put out a range of products, including bio-based aviation fuel and automotive lubricant base oils.

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Beware the Giant Toxic Algae Bloom 26.6.2015 Environmental News Network
Humans and animals on the west coast should take care when near the water. One of the largest algae blooms of all time is producing dangerous toxins which now stretch from California to Alaska. The neurotoxin being released by the bloom is called domoic acid, and it can cause a series of problems for any mammal that comes into contact with it.
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Fruit scraps and algae: It's what's for dinner 26.6.2015 Yahoo: Business
Supercomputers are dreaming up crazy new ways to cook the food that we have today, but will we eat the same things in the future? For instance, when news of California's drought began to hit, people wondered ...
Governors urge EPA to keep renewable fuel standards intact 26.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A plan to reduce the amount of renewable fuels required in the U.S. gasoline supply drew heated condemnation of the petroleum industry Thursday from two governors who said health of the ethanol industry is vital to their states' economy.
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One gene may drive leap from single cell to multicellular life 22.6.2015 New Scientist: Living World
A major transition in the evolution of life – from single to multicellular organisms – could be kicked off by the mutation of a single ...
"Jurassic World" and the Dinosaurs at the USDA 22.6.2015 Truthout.com
The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. The dinosaur-like regulations of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) were developed way back in the 1980s before many of the new biotechnologies were even conceived. The USDA fails to regulate even as biotechnologists deploy risky new genetic engineering and synthetic biology techniques in an attempt to meet demand for a climate-friendly "bioeconomy." The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. (Photo: Dinosaur Fossil via Shutterstock) The new movie Jurassic World offers more than a few lessons relevant to the state of our world. There is the obvious point about scientists bringing back to life genetically engineered dinosaurs with no real concern for the havoc they may wreak. Then there is the very clear link to real-world "de-extinction" scientists who seriously aim to bring back mastodons and passenger pigeons, while others are finding ever more potent ...
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U.S. ethanol facility closed after explosion; two injured 22.6.2015 Yahoo: US National
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Poet Llc ethanol plant in Minnesota was shut down following a Sunday morning blast that injured two people, according to the U.S. biofuels producer.
What is the value of bees? 21.6.2015 Environmental News Network
What are bees worth to our economy? A group of researchers have attempted to do the math, and the result shows exactly why we need to protect our pollinating bees but also why we can’t rely on economic worth alone to make our arguments for saving threatened species.It may sound slightly abhorrent to put a price on a living creature–and, to an extent, it is. But calculating the monetary worth of wildlife and, in particular, their place in the overall economy has become a useful way for researchers to communicate to governments and even businesses that they need to take a closer look at preventing species die-out. When it comes to bees however, researchers have found an interesting fact that they say shows the worth and the shortcomings of this approach.
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Rare deaths of endangered whales in Alaska puzzle scientists 20.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Alaskan researchers report that at least nine fin whales have been found dead in the water in recent weeks. It's rare for more than one such death to be discovered every year or so, they say, and they're exhaustively searching for a possible cause. It's possible that warming ocean ...
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Toxic algae bloom shuts down West Coast fisheries 19.6.2015 LA Times: Commentary
One of the largest toxic algae blooms seen off California has shut down recreational and commercial fishing along the West Coast and could be contributing to a host of sea lion strandings in the Bay Area, scientists said this week.
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News you can eat: Charlie’s closing after 39 years, Salare and Goldfinch Tavern open, toxic algae and more 19.6.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Another old-school dive bites the dust, a half-dozen new places open, unprecedented toxic algae covers the coast and more.
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