Tag: climate change

When Texas freezes over – What it means for renewables?

When Texas freezes over – What it means for renewables?

February 21, 2021 |

That’s not a scene from Disney’s Frozen movie but a fountain in Texas. Over 4.5 million homes were without power in Texas last week, the number of deaths as a result from the deep freeze is uncertain and may not be known for weeks, thousands are still without power, investigations into what happened are starting, […]

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Gasum aims for carbon emission reductions of a million tons by increasing biogas availability

Gasum aims for carbon emission reductions of a million tons by increasing biogas availability

January 31, 2021 |

In Finland, Gasum is progressing towards carbon neutrality by setting new environmental targets to mitigate climate change and seeks to increase the availability of biogas to reach cumulative carbon emission reductions of a million tons. By 2025, Gasum intends to make 4 TWh of biogas available on the market from the company’s own production and […]

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UK Committee on Climate Change publishes reports on land use and biomass

UK Committee on Climate Change publishes reports on land use and biomass

November 20, 2018 |

In the UK, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) publishes two linked reports: ‘Land use: Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change’ finds that fundamental reform is required to ensure land becomes a more effective carbon store. The critical services we receive from the land; clean water, healthy soils, wildlife, timber and food, are threatened […]

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IPCC report says biofuel necessary to keep climate change under control

IPCC report says biofuel necessary to keep climate change under control

October 8, 2018 |

In South Korea, AFP reports the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change has launched a new report saying time is running out to stop climate change but that significant investment in biofuels and associated carbon capture and storage could make a big difference. The report says it the Earth’s temperature could rise 1.5C by 2030 and […]

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Researcher warns runaway seaweed taking over the Caribbean but could be good biofuel feedstock

Researcher warns runaway seaweed taking over the Caribbean but could be good biofuel feedstock

August 27, 2018 |

In Mexico, Xinhua news agency reports that a researcher from the National Autonomous University of Mexico has warned climate change over the last decade has led Sargassum seaweed to invade beaches around the Caribbean, creating a threat to local ecosystems, but at the same time some believe the plant could be a good feedstock for […]

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Clemson gets USDA grant to evaluate biofuels effect on climate change

Clemson gets USDA grant to evaluate biofuels effect on climate change

August 26, 2017 |

In South Carolina, Clemson University received a $147,744, two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to analyze how switchgrass fields and loblolly pine forests affect local temperatures through the exchange of water, energy, radiation and carbon with the atmosphere. The purpose of the project and grant is […]

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President Trump pulls US out of Paris Climate Treaty: “We’re getting out”

President Trump pulls US out of Paris Climate Treaty: “We’re getting out”

June 1, 2017 |

In Washington, President Trump said that he would withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Treaty signed by President Obama last year. The move leaves the US as one of three countries that are opposing the Paris Agreement — the others are Syria and Nicaragua. The President denounced the Climate Treaty for its “draconian terms” […]

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Psst! Heard on the Floor at the International Bioenergy Conference

Psst! Heard on the Floor at the International Bioenergy Conference

June 21, 2016 |

Is that Miss Scarlet in the Library with the Rope, or Mr. Licella in Canada with biomass? In British Columbia, the experts convene and unveil the unusual suspects. The eyes of the world might well be on tiny Prince George, British Columbia these days — because that is the proposed site of Canfor’s commercial-scale biofuels and […]

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Washington state judge rules that states have a “mandatory duty” to “preserve, protect, and enhance the air quality for the current and future generations”

Washington state judge rules that states have a “mandatory duty” to “preserve, protect, and enhance the air quality for the current and future generations”

November 22, 2015 |

In Washington state, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis R. Hill issued a groundbreaking ruling that the “scientific evidence is clear that the current rates of (emissions) reduction mandated by Washington law. . . cannot ensure the survival of an environment in which [youth] can grow to adulthood safely.” The judge determined that the State […]

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US DOE launches SPRUCE to measure carbon sinks under climate change pressure 

US DOE launches SPRUCE to measure carbon sinks under climate change pressure 

August 30, 2015 |

In Michigan, the SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change) project launched today about 25 miles north of Grand Rapids. The site consists of about seven acres of raised bog in the peatlands of the Chippewa National Forest. With the ability to control heating of the air and soil within the enclosures […]

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