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Latest Indirect land use change impacts of biofuels Stories

2010-07-21 23:50:43

Military's greenhouse gas emissions are relevant to US fuel policies, University of Nebraska authors say U.S. military operations to protect oil imports coming from the Middle East are creating larger amounts of greenhouse gas emissions than once thought, new research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows. Regulators do not currently attribute these emissions to U.S. gasoline use "“ but they should, the authors say. UNL researchers Adam Liska and Richard Perrin estimate that...

2010-07-09 14:17:17

A key tool is the JRC's methodology to quantify changes to the amount of carbon in soils and biomass when land use changes as a result of biofuels production. This is an important factor in the sustainability assessment. The methodology follows the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories and is supported by comprehensive global data collected by the JRC. The methodology was the basis for the Commission decision on the guidelines for...

2010-02-03 16:00:00

SAO PAULO, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that ethanol made from sugarcane is a low carbon renewable fuel, which can contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of today's announcement finalizing regulations for the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), the EPA designated sugarcane ethanol as an advanced biofuel that lowers GHG emissions by more than 50%. "The EPA's decision...

2010-01-21 05:00:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Hart Energy Consulting is pleased to announce the consultancy has received funding from both the Lucille and David Packard Foundation and the Energy Foundation for the project "Land Use Change: Science and Policy Review." This project is being undertaken by the global consultancy with CABI, a not-for-profit science-based development and information organization based in the Netherlands that provides information and applies scientific expertise to solve...

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2009-10-22 14:43:05

Carbon emissions caused by the displacement of food crops and pastures may be twice as much as those from lands devoted to biofuels production A report examining the impact of a global biofuels program on greenhouse gas emissions during the 21st century has found that carbon loss stemming from the displacement of food crops and pastures for biofuels crops may be twice as much as the CO2 emissions from land dedicated to biofuels production. The study, led by Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)...

2009-08-21 18:01:00

SAO PAULO, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Brazil's largest organization representing its ethanol industry and the official fuel supplier for this Indy Racing League season will be represented at this weekend's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, by its Institutional and Government Relations Executive, Leticia Phillips. In its fuel supply agreement with the IRL, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) stipulates that at least half the ethanol used in...

2009-08-19 05:00:00

WASHINGTON, Aug.19 /PRNewswire/ -- A scholarly analysis of the keystone of indirect land use study - Searchinger et al. - found the science fell far short of acceptable scientific standards. Professor John Mathews and Dr. Hao Tan, researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, undertook an exhaustive analysis of Searchinger et al. which revealed that the framework used was inappropriate in that it started with assumptions as to diversion of grain to ethanol production in...

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2009-05-22 13:40:00

The US biofuel industry is voicing opposition against a provision developed by environmental regulators that would hold it responsible for greenhouse gas emissions from crops overseas. The EPA has proposed a plan to compare the levels of greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels to those generated from petroleum. The proposal would include the effects of land clearing required to cultivate crops for alternative fuels in its comparison. The provision would be damaging to the biofuel industry,...

2009-05-05 16:26:00

Ethanol Expert Dr. Steffen Mueller Says Peer Review Process Critical CHICAGO, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- DR. S. MUELLER STATEMENT: Based on the limited body of science that exists, our land use studies, and our most recent work on satellite imaging used to assess land use impact, it is clear that additional time is required before indirect land use rules can be applied with any certainty. We are therefore encouraged by today's EPA announcement that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS-2),...

2009-05-05 10:46:00

WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) welcomed today's White House announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finally publish proposed rules to implement the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). UNICA confirmed that it would submit formal, detailed comments to the EPA in coming weeks. UNICA President & CEO Marcos Jank said from Brazil that his organization is pleased with the decision of the Obama Administration,...


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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
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