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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • WBA welcomes new members in April 2015

    Probstdorfer Saatzucht is a leading company in plant breeding and seed production in Austria. They are also breeding new varieties for poplars and willows as energycrops and are also specialised in planting these crops in central Europe. Nahwärme Holding Is a company specialized in the planning, construction ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Drought and water overuse in Europe

    From golf courses to books, olive oil to vaccinations, all the goods and services that we rely on, together with many of our daily activities, require a vital resource: water. A new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that in many parts of Europe water use is unsustainable and provides recommendations for a new approach to managing water resources. The EEA report 'Water ...

  • BIO Applauds Rep. Kaptur’s Energy Investment Act of 2012

    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today thanked Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and 16 other original cosponsors for introducing the Rural Energy Investment Act of 2012, which would reauthorize Farm Bill Energy Title programs, provide significant mandatory funding, and ensure eligibility for additional biorefineries and products, such as biobased products ...

  • BIO Welcomes New Member Companies to Industrial & Environmental Section

    The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today welcomed new members Calysta Energy, American Science and Technology Corporation, LanzaTech, The Coca-Cola Company, Lignol Energy Corporation, Neol Biosolutions, and Plum Creek. Additionally, BIO welcomed Scott Vitters, General Manager, PlantBottle™ Packaging Platform, The Coca-Cola Company to its Industrial and Environmental Section ...

  • Thermal Treatment of Sludge Could Boost Phosphorous Resources, Solve Waste Problem

    Bio4Energy researchers are developing a new efficient method for phosphorous recovery using thermal treatment of sludge from municipal waste treatment facilities or pulp and paper operations. Once implemented, the scheme is expected to provide for a reduction of the risk of contamination of food and feed crops by heavy metals—as well as reduce the problem of how to dispose of ...


    By Bio4Energy

  • A genome may reduce your carbon footprint

    With the costs of genome sequencing rapidly decreasing, and with the infrastructure now developed for almost anyone with access to a computer to cheaply store, access, and analyze sequence information, emphasis is increasingly being placed on ways to apply genome data to real world problems, including reducing dependency on fossil fuel. For the efficient production of bioenergy, this may be ...

  • Climate change causing species disappearance in mountain areas

    Higher temperatures are affecting mountain ecosystems and their populations, as melting glaciers increase short term water availability but also raise the likelihood of flooding, species migration and long term water shortage, FAO warned today during the commemoration of the International Day of Mountains. “As glaciers disappear and snowlines move upwards, river flows are likely to change and ...

  • US$24.8m research facility to advance biomass monitoring & testing opened

    Washington State University and the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory this week have dedicated a new building for the advancement of biomass research. At the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory, WSU & PNNL will work together to develop new solutions to some of the nation's largest energy problems, strengthen opportunities to move technology into ...

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