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  • EUBCE 2017: Round Table on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the IEA Bioenergy agreement have jointly developed a brief on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development.  The brief was discussed at a Round Table on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development as part of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition in Stockholm on Tuesday, June ...

  • Land use change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe

    A recent analysis has summarised the findings of a range of studies into land-based strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The compiled findings suggest that expanding forests and using traditional agricultural land to grow bioenergy crops instead could contribute between 13-52 per cent of the EU's 20 per cent GHG reduction target. However, limitations to the scope of many land use ...

  • Including CO2 emissions from land use in mitigation policy

    A comprehensive tax on carbon emissions would lower the cost of meeting environmental goals whilst discouraging deforestation, according to a recent study. There is concern that climate change mitigation strategies may not always consider emissions from land use or their interaction with emissions from industrial and fossil fuel sources. For example, focusing on industrial and fossil fuel ...

  • EUBCE 2016 Monday Conference Opening

    Monday Conference Opening will include a snap-shot of innovative bioenergy applications at commercial level from big investors in advanced technologies. There have been significant commercial scale advances in biofuels production over ...


  • Green Economy report outlines investment strategies to help reduce water scarcity

    Investing 0.16 per cent of global GDP in the water sector could reduce water scarcity and halve the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation in less than four years, according to United Nations research released today. Currently, the failure to invest in water services and to collect, treat and re-use water efficiently, is exacerbating water ...

  • Cropland expansion the culprit in biodiversity loss, says study

    Rapid cropland expansion is the main cause of biodiversity loss in tropical countries, a study by UNEP's (the UN Environment Programme) World Conservation Monitoring Centre and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative has found. The study, published in PLOS ONE last month (9 January), highlights maize ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • BIO Asks Florida Gov. Scott to Preserve the State’s RFS

    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today urged Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to veto HB 4001/SB 320, which is anticipated to be passed by the Florida legislature next week and repeal the state’s Renewable Fuel Standard. BIO’s letter to Scott says that adoption of the legislation could chill investment not just in the state’s biofuel industry, but also in the larger ...

  • Societies establish climate change position

    The 10,000-plus members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America develop a position statement on climate change The significance of climate change to the practice of agriculture, soils, and land management has led the 10,000-plus members of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil ...

  • Hot news from Yorkshire

    Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies has been awarded a major contract to supply its BIOTHELYS® thermal hydrolysis technology at Yorkshire Water’s Esholt WwTW. The Esholt works has operated a sewage sludge incinerator for many years, but Yorkshire Water is adopting a more sustainable route for sludge treatment and disposal. The Esholt Bioenergy Project is being engineered and ...


  • Middle East will suffer soil degradation due to climate change, says UN

    Agriculture in the Near East is likely to suffer losses because of high temperature, droughts, floods and soil degradation threatening the food security of many countries, the FAO has said. Hunger and malnutrition caused by climate change will most probably affect those who are already poor, malnourished or dependent on local food production, according to a report discussed at the FAO Regional ...

  • Societies establish climate change position

    The significance of climate change to the practice of agriculture, soils, and land management has led the 10,000-plus members of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) to develop a position statement on climate change, based on a review of current scientific knowledge and understanding. In the statement, the ...

  • Grazing land has scope for biofuel surge

    Converting grazing land into fields to grow crops for biofuels could provide up to 30 per cent of the world’s energy needs, according to a report. The report says at least 500 million ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Biofuel carbon footprint not as big as feared, Michigan State University research says

    Publications ranging from the journal Science to Time magazine have blasted biofuels for significantly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, calling into question the environmental benefits of making fuel from plant material. But a new analysis by Michigan State University scientists says these dire predictions are based on a set of assumptions that may not be correct. 'Greenhouse gas release ...


    By Michigan State University

  • BIO Welcomes EPA Proposed Rule on New RFS2 Pathways

    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today welcomed the opportunity for public comment on proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) amendments and clarifications, which include new pathway determinations for advanced biofuels such as isobutanol and ethanol from crop residues. Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, said, “We ...

  • San Diego Selected as Venue for BIO’s 2013 Pacific Rim Summit

    Today the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced the ...

  • Where there’s muck there’s gas – how your rubbish bin could be the green fuel of the future

    Britons looking for an affordable and green way to heat their homes could find the answer in the nation’s dustbins, according to a new report commissioned by gas distribution network Cadent. Black bag domestic rubbish, together with agricultural residues, energy crops, sewage, and food waste, could generate enough green gas to heat between seven and 15 million homes annually, the ...


    By Advanced Plasma Power (APP)

  • Water and food security - Increasing water-use efficiency in agriculture

    Water scarcity affects one in three people on Earth, and the problem could increase with population growth and as the impacts of climate change become more widespread. Water is our most abundant natural resource, but without doubt it is the most misused, undervalued, and least well managed staple of life. The demand for clean fresh water for human consumption and food production is rising almost ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Specially-designed soils could help combat climate change

    A team from Newcastle University aims to design soils that can remove carbon from the atmosphere, permanently and cost-effectively. This has never previously been attempted anywhere in the world. The research is being funded by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The concept underlying the initiative exploits the fact that plants, crops and trees naturally absorb ...

  • The Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show -- the Golden Gate to Biomass

    With an abundance of biomass resources and renewable incentives, the Pacific West provides ample opportunities for developers. Attendees of the Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show will have access to biomass industry stakeholders involved in every aspect of biomass-based power, thermal and biofuels. BBI International's Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show, produced ...


  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week to Focus on Prevention and Management Strategies

    The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is among a broad coalition of public and private stakeholders gathering in the nation’s capital March 3-8 for National Invasive Species Awareness Week. The agenda will focus on how to best prevent and manage unwanted invaders. “Invasive species are increasingly degrading wildlands and aquatic habitats, reducing land values and eroding our economic ...


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