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Wobbling on Climate Change
November 12, 2014 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by  Piers J. Sellers (The New York Times)  I’M a climate scientist and a former astronaut. Not surprisingly, I have a deep respect for well-tested theories and facts. In the climate debate, these things have …

U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming
November 3, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Justin Gillis (The New York Times)  … Despite growing efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the global situation is becoming more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of …

Obama: (Un)intentionally Reengineering the RFS for Big Oil?
October 29, 2014 – 11:38 am | One Comment

by Brooke Coleman (Biofuels Digest/Advanced Ethanol Council)  … It is doubtful that anyone on the Obama energy team regards themselves as having anything in common with someone like Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who has declared …

Read DoD report: 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap
October 17, 2014 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(The Hill)  The Pentagon is integrating climate change threats into all of its “plans, operations, and training” across the entire Defense Department, signaling a comprehensive attempt to tackle the impacts of global warming.
In a 20-page …

Climate Change Is Real. Want to Live? It’s Up to People Like You
September 18, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jarvis Cocker (Creative Time Reports/The Guardian)  … You whisper now, but could it be that there is a higher power than … THE ECONOMY? I know that sounds a bit sacrilegious, but could it be that …

Greens Launch Pro-Republican Push
August 15, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Darren Goode (Politico)  … The Environmental Defense Action Fund is rolling out a seven-figure ad campaign to aid green-minded Republicans in the midterm elections, part of a longer-term effort to find GOP partners on priorities …

Reassessment of Inter-related Biofuel, GHG and FFV Policies Needed
July 18, 2014 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Reports out of Washington this week that the Obama administration’s lengthy delay in releasing a final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending rule due to a White House desire to re-evaluate …

Platts Webinar – European Road Fuels
July 9, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) Tim Worledge, the Associate Editorial Director of Platts Agriculture relayed some of the history and the status quo of the biofuel industry in Europe during a webinar hosted by …

Exporting U.S. Natural Gas Isn’t as “Clean” as You Think
June 10, 2014 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  One of the rallying cries in favor of liquefying and exporting U.S. natural gas has been to help reduce greenhouse gases in other countries, by crowding out coal in …

Ultrafine Particles from Vehicles: A Missing Piece in Emissions Regulations
June 9, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On Monday June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the single largest step to control stationary sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other harmful emissions in the nation’s history. …

Climate Panel and Years of Living Dangerously
May 27, 2014 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Enlightening and Shocking are apt words that describe the eighth episode of the Years of Living Dangerously that was screened on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, May 20. The event, …

Climate Change Deemed Growing Security Threat by Military Researchers
May 14, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

By Coral Davenport (The New York Times)  The accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict, a report published Tuesday by a leading government-funded military …

25x’25 Responds to Third National Climate Assessment
May 9, 2014 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  The 25x’25 Alliance commends the U.S. Global Change Research Program for its candid appraisal of changing climate conditions that are currently effecting agricultural production and could have a broad negative impact on the nation’s …

Global Warming Alert: Methane Levels Continue to Climb
May 8, 2014 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  … Recently, NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory released its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, “a measure of the warming influence of long-lived trace gases and how that influence is changing each year.” The data presented …

The Contradiction of Obama’s Climate Policy
May 7, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Dana Milbank (The Washington Post: Opinion)  On the eve of the Obama administration’s release Tuesday of a report warning about grave consequences of climate change, presidential counselor John Podesta went into the White House briefing …

On a More Positive Note at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
April 22, 2014 – 11:07 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)   After Day 1 at Biofuels Digests’s ABLC which served up depression, aggravation and despair; the group of intrepid travelers on the journey to a bio-based economy pulled themselves together …

The California Drought Equation Stresses Need For Biofuels
April 15, 2014 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Peter Brown( Biofuels Magazine) Except for volume, biofuels and petroleum-derived products have reached parity in production efficiency and availability. What that means is that anything pulled from the earth can now be created from …

Oil And Gas Sector Biggest Producer Of Greenhouse Gases In Canada
April 15, 2014 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Will Campbell (The Canadian Press/Huffington Post)  An environmental analyst says the rise of oil and gas production as Canada’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions adds further weight to calls for the federal government …

25x’25 Welcomes IPCC Recognition of Renewables in Mitigating Climate Change
April 14, 2014 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25) The 25x’25 Alliance welcomes the recognition by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change work group report released this weekend that renewable energy is a critical element necessary to curb rising global temperatures …

Biofuels: When the Quest for ‘Perfect’ Becomes the Enemy of the Good
April 4, 2014 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Risk is a word closely associated with the agriculture industry ‑ and rightfully so. Farming and ranching are some of the most risk-prevalent callings on the planet, given the vagaries of weather, …

Obama Administration Proposal for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Will Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions
April 3, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Paul Winters (Biotechnology Industry Organization) If left unchanged, the Obama administration’s proposal to slash use of biofuels in 2014 would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year, according to a new white paper from the …

Cyprus Developing Mediterranean Algae as Biofuel Source
April 3, 2014 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The Agricultural Research Institute and Cyprus Energy Agency recently held a seminar to present work based on new micro-algae research and technology development that aims to contribute to the goals of the …

Landmark Agreement With Shareholders: ExxonMobil Agrees to Report on Climate Change & Carbon Asset Risk
March 21, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

(Arjuna Capital/PR NewsWire)  In response to a shareholder resolution, ExxonMobil (XOM) – the largest U.S. energy company, for the first time ever has agreed to publish a Carbon Asset Risk report on the Company website …

Obama’s Climate Legacy May Come Down to Coal and ‘No’
February 5, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Bill Chameides (Duke University)  The Obama administration gave environmentalists little to cheer about last week, but the game is hardly over.  When it comes to climate change, Obama’s rhetoric has been striking and unequivocal (for …

New Study Exposes Flood of Dark Money Feeding Climate Change Denial
December 27, 2013 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(EcoNews)  A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever …

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reach $544B
December 10, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to the World Energy Outlook fossil fuel consumption subsidies have reached $544 billion in 2012, up from $523 billion in 2011. This news has caused the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance(GRFA) to criticize leaders …

Study: US Spewing 50% More Methane than EPA Says
November 25, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press/US News and World Report)  The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. …

Time to Reconsider a Carbon Tax?
November 21, 2013 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Wallace E. Tyner (PennEnergy/Purdue University) … First, with the new IPCC report it is abundantly clear that global warming and climate change represent a clear and present danger not only to the US but for …

A Few More Storms Like Typhoon Haiyan May Finally Make Our Leaders Act on Climate Change
November 18, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jeffrey D. Sachs (The Washington Post/Earth Institute at Columbia University)  …Through all of this, Congress sits supine. And it’s no mystery why: The oil and gas industry has spent about $1.5 billion on registered lobbying in …

What Biofuels Can Do
October 2, 2013 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by José R. Moreira  (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)  Over the last three decades, the amount of land devoted to food crops has increased at a very modest rate, but worldwide food production has expanded significantly. The …

In the Black: Advanced Biofuels and Chems: Sizzling Carbon and Parity-Pricing Updates
September 18, 2013 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A report published by strategic energy consultancy Element Energy finds that by 2030, higher levels of advanced biofuels could cut Britain’s annual car CO2 emissions by 27% or 12 million …

Recent Reports Underscore Urgency of Climate Action and Roles for Biofuels, Agriculture, and Forestry
July 9, 2013 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The President’s call to climate action was supported by several recent government reports regarding: a) rapidly rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations; b) rapidly rising financial risks to the federal government posed …

Obama to Announce Tuesday He Will Regulate Existing Power Plants as Part of Climate Strategy
June 24, 2013 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  … In Saturday’s statement, Obama emphasized the economic opportunities that could come from tackling carbon emissions.
“We’ll need scientists to design new fuels, and farmers to grow them,” he said. “We’ll …

Advanced Biofuels USA Urges Introspection on Climate Change at Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum in Washington, D.C
June 13, 2013 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) Robert E. Kozak, Advanced Biofuels USA founder and board member began his remarks at the Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum in Washington, D.C June 12, with …

Global Warming: We’d Better Get A Move On!
March 15, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Mike Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Ironically, the effort to reduce global warming through the reduction of CO2 is one of the clear advantages of biofuels. Ethanol has been demonstrated through multiple studies to …

As Brazil Ramps up Sugarcane Production, Georgescu and Colleagues Foresee Regional Climate Effects
March 12, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Skip Derra (Arizona State University)  Conversion of large swaths of Brazilian land for sugar plantations will help the country meet its needs for producing cane-derived ethanol but it also could lead to important regional climate …

NRDC Post-State of the Union Poll: 60 Percent of Americans Support Presidential Action to Fight Ravages of Climate Change
February 15, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(Natural Resources Defense Council)  NRDC’s polling immediately after the State of the Union made clear that Americans consider climate change a serious problem and want the President to take action.
Sixty-five percent of Americans think that …

Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation
February 14, 2013 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released two comprehensive reports today that synthesize the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture and forests. The reports, entitled Climate Change and Agriculture: …

You Can’t Change the Climate from Inside Washington
January 25, 2013 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Theda Skocpol (Foreign Policy)  If Obama wants to make good on his inaugural promise, he’ll need to remember the lessons he learned as a community organizer.
…The inside game has failed in part because climate …

“For Sandy, the Scientists of NOAA Were Our First Responders, Our Scientific Heroes.”
January 24, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

Editor’s note:  I think you will agree that this open letter to the people at NOAA from Peter Saundry, Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment, is worth publishing.  At Advanced …

Black Carbon Ranks as Second-Biggest Human Cause of Global Warming
January 16, 2013 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Soot ranks as the second-largest human contributor to climate change, exerting twice as much of an impact as previously  thought, according to an analysis released Tuesday.
The four-year, 232-page study …

The Market and Mother Nature
January 14, 2013 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Friedman (New York Times)  Whenever I hear the word “cliff,” I am reminded of something that President Obama’s science adviser, John Holdren, used to say about how we need to respond to climate …

Environmentalists Urge Obama to Block Keystone XL and Act on Climate Change
January 14, 2013 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  After a strategy of ‘climate silence’ during president’s first term, activist groups signal intent to be more vocal in next four years
More than 70 environmental groups called on Barack Obama to take …

The Political Implications of America’s Oil & Gas Boom – James Kwak Interview
January 12, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  … To help us look at these issues and more we managed to speak with the well known economist James Kwak. James is an associate professor at the University of Connecticut School …

Consumers Take Action on Global Warming
December 27, 2012 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  A new national survey conducted by Yale finds that in the last 12 months, three of of 10 Americans (32 percent) have given business to a company as a reward for their steps …

Insurance Industry Perspectives on Extreme Weather Events
December 17, 2012 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Insitute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) organized a briefing on insurance industry perspectives on recent extreme weather events and how strategic investment can help manage the threats posed by a changing …

The Price of Ignoring Climate Change Is Rising; Reducing Petroleum Dependence Is Part of the Solution
November 30, 2012 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere are continuing to rise, and the world’s leading GHG-emitting countries are falling well behind the pace of emission reductions that is needed to …

Hurricane Sandy: “It’s Global Warming, Stupid”
November 18, 2012 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Garvin Jabusch (Green Alpha Advisors, LLC/Renewable Energy World)  On a recent broadcast of the news show Democracy Now hosted by Amy Goodman, Cynthia Rosenzweig, co-chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, went …

Obama Delays Action On Climate Change Until After ‘Wide Ranging’ Talks
November 16, 2012 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

(Inside EPA’s Clean Energy Report)  President Obama is planning to launch wide-ranging talks with experts on what can be done in the short-term to address climate change, as well as a public “education process” to …

Carbon Credits Gone Awry: Coolant Companies Raise Output of Harmful Gas
August 9, 2012 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

By Elisabeth Rosenthal and Andrew W. Lehren (The New York Times)  …But where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity.
They quickly figured out that …

Biomass Burning Really Heats Things Up: New Study Shows Significance of Fire’s Brown Carbon for Global Warming
July 6, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development / Environmental News Network)  Emissions from forest fires and other biomass burning has a greater impact on global warming than previously understood, according to a new study.
“We used to …

Tom Murphy Interview: Resource Depletion is a Bigger Threat than Climate Change
March 29, 2012 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  Rising geopolitical tensions and high oil prices are continuing to help renewable energy find favour amongst investors and politicians. Yet how much faith should we place in renewables to make up …

Increased Estimates of Air-Pollution Emissions from Brazilian Sugar-Cane Ethanol
December 29, 2011 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

C-C. Tsao, J. E. Campbell, M. Mena-Carrasco, S. N. Spak, G. R. Carmichael & Y. Chen  (Nature Climate Change)  Accelerating biofuel production has been promoted as an opportunity to enhance energy security, offset greenhouse-gas emissions and support rural economies. However, large …

Who Will Control the Green Economy­­?
December 27, 2011 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(ETC Group)  New report on Corporate Concentration in the Life Industries
From the UN Rio+20 preparatory meetings in New York, ETC Group today launchesWho Will Control the Green Economy? The 60-page report connects the dots between …

Preparing to Manage Climate Change Financing
November 18, 2011 – 10:36 am | No Comment

by Simon D. Donner, Milind Kandlikar, Hisham Zerriffi (Science Magazine)  At the 2010 Cancun Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the international community agreed in principle to one of the …

Global Photosynthesis: New Insight Will Help Predict Future Climate Change
October 10, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A new insight into global photosynthesis, the chemical process governing how ocean and land plants absorb and release carbon dioxide, has been revealed in research that will assist scientists to more accurately assess …

MIT Adds to the Cap-and-Trade Debate
May 20, 2011 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by James Ott (Aviation Week)  A report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) should be required reading for environmental policymakers. “The Impact of Climate Policy on US Aviation” was issued this week by the …

Sugarcane Cools Climate
April 27, 2011 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(ScienceNewsLine/Carnegie Institution)  …Now scientists from the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology have found that sugarcane has a double benefit. Expansion of the crop in areas previously occupied by other Brazilian crops cools the local …

Study: Gas from ‘Fracking’ Worse than Coal on Climate
April 14, 2011 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill)   Cornell University professors will soon publish research that concludes natural gas produced with a drilling method called “hydraulic fracturing” contributes to global warming as much as coal, or even …

Bioenergy Crops Could Lower Surface Temperatures, Stanford Researchers Say
March 18, 2011 – 9:49 am | No Comment

(Stanford University News)  Concerns about the impact of corn ethanol on global warming have raised interest in more eco-friendly perennial grasses. A new study finds that large-scale cultivation of perennials could actually reduce regional surface …

Schwarzenegger: Time to Change the Energy Debate
March 2, 2011 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica (GreenTech)  Green-technology proponents need a better way to make their case, according to Arnold Schwarzenegger…The former California governor and movie star gave a keynote talk at the ARPA-E Summit here, alternating between …

Sustainability and the Environment I: The Intersection of Biofuels/Bioenergy & Climate Change Legislation
March 1, 2011 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Brent Yacobucci (Congressional Research Service)  The CRS (Congressional research Service) is a “nonpartisan, analytical, research and reference arm of the Library of Congress”. In this presentation, CRS specialist in energy and environmental policy Brent …

Public Hearings Scheduled for Utah Governor’s Ten-Year Energy Initiative
October 4, 2010 – 8:55 am | No Comment

Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today an important next step in the creation of his 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan, with four public hearings scheduled across the State.
“We are moving forward with our plan to responsibly …

New Carbon Dioxide Emissions Model
August 9, 2010 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Max Planck Society)  …”What’s new about this research is that we have integrated the carbon cycle into our model to obtain the emissions data,” says Erich Roeckner. According to the model, admissible carbon dioxide emissions …

Soot Seen as Significant in Global Warming
August 2, 2010 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(UPI)  Soot from burning fossil fuels and solid biofuels has a greater impact on global warming than previously believed, a U.S. researcher says.  
But unlike carbon dioxide, Stanford University scientist Mark Z. Jacobson says, soot stays in …

High-Yield Agriculture Slows Pace of Global Warming, Say Stanford Researchers
June 21, 2010 – 8:04 am | No Comment

by Louis Bergeron  (Stanford University)  Advances in high-yield agriculture over the latter part of the 20th century have prevented massive amounts of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere – the equivalent of 590 billion metric tons …

Academics Urge Radical New Approach to Climate Change
May 17, 2010 – 7:14 am | No Comment

by Richard Black (BBC News)  A major change of approach is needed if society is to restrain climate change, according to a report from a self-styled “eclectic” group of academics.
…The academics advocate concentrating first on …

Where are the Swing Voters on the Climate Bill?
November 4, 2009 – 8:36 am | No Comment

(Or, Why We Need More Public Education on Advanced Biofuels)
by Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson (PublicAgenda.org and REnewableEnergyWorld)   …  Right now, too many Americans are heading into this fight unarmed. Four in 10 Americans can’t name …

Leading Brazilian Organizations Unite in Alliance to Fight Climate Change
September 3, 2009 – 9:47 am | No Comment

Fourteen major Brazilian organizations representing the agribusiness, planted forests and bioenergy sectors announced today the creation of the Brazilian Climate Alliance, to provide concrete, constructive proposals in global climate change negotiations. The group’s main focus …