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UN launches biofuels report

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Responding to a report launched on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on the impacts of biofuels on food security, Friends of the Earth''s Biofuels Campaigner Kenneth Richter said: “This is a stark reminder that Europe''s biofuel targets are driving up food prices and increasing hunger among the world''s poorest people. " Biofuels, of whatever kind, are not the answer.

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Biofuels Leaders: Three Big Dawgs in Biofuels

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Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Biofuels Leaders: Three Big Dawgs in Biofuels by greenwise on December 14, 2010 The biofuels industry has received a lot of attention for the up and coming small companies, many of whom are developing novel technologies to produce bio-based alternatives to gasoline. They also have the necessary ingredients to be credible commercializers of biofuels.

Stop the biofuel madness

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We must have gone totally insane to put fuel before food, whether it is corn (maize) being grown for biofuel or miscanthus, or whatever. We can neither eat our gars nor the fuel on which they run, whether made from mineral oil or from plants and we must make the choice and make this clear to those that pretend to be our rulers. And the sooner this was being realized the better and the futility of biofuels (and fracking) be abandoned.

Recycling Cooking Oil – The Benefits

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One of the ways people harm the environment is through the disposal of used cooking oil. Many restaurants, hotels, and homes dispose of used cooking oil through the drain. If proper measures are not taken while disposing of used oil, it becomes a risk to the environment.

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Palm oil biofuels push up global food prices

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Remember ten and 15 years ago when everyone was talking about investing in biofuels? Scientists like Helmut were against the efficiency claims … While we love the idea of renewable energy crops for palm oil and sugarcane used in ethanol and biofuels have pushed out food producers, causing an alarming shift to rising costs for food. While we might not feel it in the price of a falafel or hummus, biofuels threaten those people already food insecure.

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Finnair to make longest commercial biofuel flight

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A Finnair flight between Amsterdam and Helsinki next week will be the longest commercial biofuel flight flown anywhere in the world to date. “We Biofuel refers to fuel made from renewable organic raw materials. The plants used in the production of biofuel absorb carbon dioxide, which is released back into the atmosphere when the biofuel combusts. Finnair says it will accept for regular use only a biofuel that is socially, ecologically and economically sustainable.

The skeptical environmentalist on biofuels

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Blog powered by TypePad Member since 05/2005 « EnvEcon NCAA Bracket Challenge Update | Main | The only thing I ask is that you please not treat me like a celebrity » March 16, 2011 The skeptical environmentalist on biofuels Bjørn Lomborg: The United States spends about $6 billion a year on federal support for ethanol production through tax credits, tariffs, and other programs.

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Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Biofuels Leaders: Three Big Dawgs in Biofuels by greenwise on December 14, 2010 The biofuels industry has received a lot of attention for the up and coming small companies, many of whom are developing novel technologies to produce bio-based alternatives to gasoline. They also have the necessary ingredients to be credible commercializers of biofuels.

Shell Ends Algae Biofuel Research

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Algae biofuels have been one of several beacons of hope for those looking to reduce or end our dependence on oil. In fact last year the DOE gave $24 million to a partnership between Shell Oil and HR Biopetroleum for reseach in algae biofuels. With a major player like Shell deeming algae-based biofuels a dead-end, does that mean that the algae biofuel dream is dead? Bio Fuel algae biofuel alternative fuel bio fuel biofuel Department of Energy DOE Shell

Lootah Biofuels to Grow Algae in Dubai to Reduce Oil Spillage

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The Arab gulf region is continuing to boost its international profile in renewable energy, the most recent initiative aims to use algae as biofuel. Lootah Biofuel s in Dubai has recently inked a deal with Singapore-based AlgaOil with the ultimate goal of using algae for oil extraction. The potential is very big – but it will take 20-30 years, as fossil fuel oil declines and renewable energy sources improve.

Univerve’s Algae to Biofuel Your Car

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GreenFuel, a US algae-to-biofuel business founded by Israeli Isaac Berzin more than 10 years ago, most likely failed because it was a bit ahead of the zeitgeist. Hoping to reach the market when the product and timing is right, the young Israeli company Univerve plans to turn algae — the green slimy microorganisms you skim from ponds and pools — into the perfect third-generation biofuel. He points out that biofuels are good alternatives to fossil fuels for the short and long term.

Debunking the ‘Green’ Biofuel Myth

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Is biofuel from the Jatropha tree- which Jordan is experimenting with- really as green and sustainable as we think? In a recent article, I debated whether we should encourage the Middle East to embrace biofuels as a real and sustainable alternative to the region’s current dependence on gas and oil. In the end, it seemed illogical to use up resources (water, land space) to produce fuel for cars which could be used to grow food and I argued against biofuels.

Development of Biofuels Is a National Security Issue | Living.

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Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Development of Biofuels Is a National Security Issue by greenwise on March 7, 2011 A column in Biofuels Digest by retired General and one-time presidential candidate Wesley Clark makes the case that the development of biofuels capability in the USA is important for national security. Biofuels are part of the path to energy independence.

Development of Biofuels Is a National Security Issue

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Home About Us Contact Us Products Green Tips EBooks Going Green: Questions and Answers Subscribe Living Green and Saving Energy Development of Biofuels Is a National Security Issue by greenwise on March 7, 2011 A column in Biofuels Digest by retired General and one-time presidential candidate Wesley Clark makes the case that the development of biofuels capability in the USA is important for national security. Biofuels are part of the path to energy independence.

First transatlantic biofuel flight is powered by camelina

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Camelina: a hardy annual that's 40% oil. A Gulfstream G450 is the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe using biofuel. The biofuel is derived from camelina, a “dedicated energy crop&# that does not compete in the food chain. The feedstock for this flight was grown and harvested by Sustainable Oils , a U.S.-based First transatlantic biofuel flight is powered by camelina is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. | Green Travel News |.

Piedmont Biofuels Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) Certification

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Used cooking oil plant latest in biofuel entities to earn RSB sustainability certification McLean, VA, March 2013 : The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) which has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuel production, is pleased to announce that Piedmont Biofuels has earned the RSB sustainability certification.

Biofuels: The ins and outs

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Broadly speaking, a biofuel is any plant or animal material that can be used as a source of energy. In fact, biofuel can be created from any carbon source that is easy to replenish, i.e. plants. Biofuels can come in solid, liquid, or gas form – while you may think of ethanol or biodiesel when you hear biofuel, it would be just as correct to think of wood, perhaps the most popular biofuel for the last millennia. Why use biofuel?

UniVerve Chooses Microalgae For Award-Winning Biofuel Business

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Among the 12 competition finalists, was UniVerve, an Israeli biofuel company that specializes in using microalgae to create oil. UniVerve has gained international recognition for its microalgae technology , including at an apperance this March at the World Biofuels Markets , which can succesfully produce bio-oil from third generation biomass. But many in the cleantech business think algae-based biofuels are years from being mass-produced.

Biofuel from Plastic for this Young Egyptian Scientist from Alexandria

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Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad was the winner of the 2011 European Union Contest for Young Scientists for finding a new way of turning plastic into biofuel. A sixteen-year-old Egyptian student, Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad from the Zahran Language School in Alexandria has identified a new low-cost catalyst which can generate biofuel by breaking down plastic waste. Jatropha plants for biofuel.

Caffé Nero reports coffee-waste-to-biofuel success, plans expansion

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Italian-style coffee shop chain Caffé Nero is looking to extend an innovative coffee-to-biofuel recycling scheme beyond greater London after a successful partnership with recycling company First Mile and technology firm Bio-Bean. These sacks are collected by First Mile every evening and passed onto Bio-Bean for processing into advanced biofuels.

25 sneaky names for palm oil

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Palm oil and its derivatives can appear under many names. Palm oil is the most popularly used vegetable oil in the world. It is remarkably versatile and is used in everything from snack food and shampoo to biofuel. It comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree ( Elaeis guineensis ) which is native to West Africa. lies palm oilFor consumers concerned about the catastrophic ill effects of the palm industry, here’s what to look for.

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Palm Oil and Deforestation: A Real Threat for Orangutans

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Sadly, the populations of these beautiful primates have been sharply declining over the last several decades largely due to logging and the widespread establishment of palm oil plantations and other forms of agriculture in their habitat. How does palm oil affect deforestation?

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Most biofuels better than oil for greenhouse gases, worse or similar eco-impact otherwise, study finds

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Summing up the findings it reads as follows: Biofuels from deforested areas usually emit more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels. This also applies to indirect land usage changes if existing agricultural land is used for the first time for biofuel production and, as a consequence, forested areas have to be cleared in order to maintain the existing foodstuff or animal feed production. Each (new) biofuel must therefore be examined separately and in detail.

Never Mind Peak Oil, Peak Phosphorous May Be the Bigger Concern

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Never Mind Peak Oil, Peak Phosphorous May Be the Bigger Concern, What is Peak Phosphorous all about? Biofuels eco-innovation sustainability biofuels phosphorous problem peak phosphorous phosphorous depletion phosphorous recoveryWell, here is the story.

Ethihad Jet Uses Biofuels for Inaugural Home Run

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Etihad Airways operates first biofuel powered delivery flight with Boeing and Sky Energy. Etihad Airways from the United Arab Emirates scores a double play in the Green World Series: Becoming both the first airline to fly on biofuel directly from the factory and the first biofuel-flying Gulf carrier. The flight was powered by a mix of traditional fuel and plant-based biofuel created from recycled vegetable cooking oil.

The Imperfect Biofuel Solution

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At first glance, you may think that biofuels provide an ideal answer to fossil fuel use. Types of Biofuels. The industry classifies biofuels into two main types: first-generation or second-generation. The latter consists of more obscure sources, such as recycled cooking oil and agricultural by-products and waste. Of the two, second-generation biofuels offer a more eco-friendly solution. Problems with Biofuels.

Algae Biofuel Closer as NATO and NASA Step Into the Slime

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One day, giant algae biofuel farms like this prototype may help solve world fuel and food needs. Interest in creating biofuels from algae is increasing. We’ve covered Isaac Berzin from GreenFuel who rejuvenated NASA’s original idea; then there is Iran creating biofuel from algae (they didn’t answer our emails though); and S eambotic an Israel company launching a commercial algae farm in the USA to grow algae for use in both biofuel and food products.

Alaska Air to fly 75 commercial flights on fry oil

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A new era in American aviation begins this week, as Alaska Airlines flies the first of 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by biofuel. These flights signal that sustainable biofuels can provide a viable alternative to conventional fuel and enable airlines to reduce their environmental impact. Two maiden biofuel-powered flights will leave Seattle on November 9 for Washington, D.C. “Commercial airplanes are equipped and ready for biofuels.

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Is the Middle East Buying into Disastrous Biofuels?

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The Jatropha plant may produce bio-diesel for cars but, like other biofuels, it also leads to a rise in food prices due to competition for land space. From solid gold biofuel Mercedes in Abu Dhabi to biofuel-producing algae lakes in Iran , it seems that biofuels are destined to play a part in the region’s future development. But are biofuels really the solution to the Mideast’s dependency on gas and oil?

Biomax to Launch First-ever $40 Million Biofuel Plan in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia and Indian company will erect a biofuel plant based on used cooking oil. Biofuel is coming to Saudi Arabia. The announcement last week comes on the heels of a number of ambitious solar and wind energy prospects for the country, and with global oil expected to see drops in the coming decades as resources are depleted, Saudi wants to position itself as a leader in renewable energy. Falafel anyone?

Virgin Oil to Experiment with Eucalyptus Oil as Biofuel

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The race to develop commercially viable biofuels for the aviation industry has been everything from algae to coconut oil proposed as potential feedstocks. Now Virgin Australia, proudly flying the nationalist flag, has announced its intention to experiment with indigenous eucalyptus oil as a potential biofuel feedstock, striking terror in the hearts of koalas everywhere.

Algae Becoming Biofuel Priority

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The scientists are studying which types of algae absorb the most carbon and which would produce the most oil. The demand for oil produced from algae is high, as it is considered carbon-neutral. Algae naturally absorb carbon and therefore their growth would potentially counteract any emissions created by the oil use. Companies are quickly trying to produce algae oil that could be used for anything from bio-diesel to plastic products.

Carluccio's restaurant chain to recycle waste oil

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Italian restaurant chain Carluccio's has announced plans to convert its waste cooking oil into bio-diesel and thereby slashing the organisation's annual carbon emissions by up to 90%. Although no details were given as to when the partnership would commence, it is understood that Cheshire-based Convert2Green will collect waste oil from the eatery's 54 UK outlets and recycle it into high quality bio-fuel. biofuels biofuel biodiesel bio-fuel

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‘WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE’ HIGHLIGHTS DANGERS OF BIOFUEL

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On Wednesday 19 May, 2010, Store manager Tom Pearson will be dressed in an orangutan costume, strapped to a spinning “Biofuel Wheel of Misfortune”, while a knife thrower hurls foot-long razor sharp knives at him. Customers will be asked to sign a postcard calling on the government to scrap subsidies (called ROCs) for biofuels, and each person that signs a card will get to a spin of the wheel and a chance to win a limited edition “Get your ROCs off” soap.

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Qatar Airways Praised for its Natural Gas/Biofuel Push to the Skies

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We really welcome this project as an example of the varying biofuel solutions that can be applied in different areas around the globe,” stressed Kobeh in Doha as he detailed the ICAO’s status updates for the aviation industry on energy. The Pearl project will process around three billion barrels of oil-equivalent over its lifespan, Shell added in a statement in October discussing the project some 80 kilometers north of Doha. Cheaper flights for all?

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McDonalds Fleet Traveled 800,000 Miles With Recycled Biofuel

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It has been just 17 months since McDonalds announced its intention to recycle all of its vegetable oil for use as biofuel in its own fleet. The McDonald’s fleet has traveled a combined 808,411 miles on the biofuel processed by Nuetral Fuels, diverting roughly 80% of its carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere.

Biofuel White List Could Cut Risk of Invasive Weeds

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It is simultaneously eligible for biofuel subsidies and a target of biological control efforts. So, without some careful attention to smart policy, the explosion of interest in growing biofuels has the potential to introduce many species to the United States that could turn out to be expensive to control. Starting with a list of 120 possible biofuel crops, they ended up with about 25 non-natives and 24 natives that they could recommend with confidence.

First Navy Trainer Completes Biofuel Flight at Patuxent River

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24 when a T-45 training aircraft completed a successful biofuel flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md. The “Salty Dogs” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 flew the high-performance jet trainer on a biofuel mixture of petroleum-based JP-5 jet fuel and plant-based camelina. The high oil content of the camelina seed makes it a valuable source of renewable and sustainable energy.

Biofuel production may increase world hunger, claims study

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By Michael Smith (Veshengro) UK, April 2011: A recent study found that biofuel production diverts crops and crop land from food production and increases food prices for impoverished people in developing countries even though biofuels may not solely to blame for rising food prices. Biofuels are touted as an energy source that can cut greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. And let's not even talk about palm oil for biodiesel.

Exxon Mobile Invests In Biofuels

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Exxon Mobile, the largest publicly traded oil company, recently announced an investment in biofuels. is their first such investment in biofuels. Exxon Mobile has decided to invest in biofuels, particularly algae, due to the expected viability of the fuel. Compared to Exxon’s investments in oil development, the $600 million price tag seems meager. Exxon Mobile’s investment into Synthetic Genomics Inc.

Ethanol saves oil and reduces pollution

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Ethanol saves oil and reduces pollution, or so we are being told. Ethanol, one of the so-called biofuels, the other is biodiesel, is produced, primarily, especially in the USA, from corn (maize), with biodiesel, mainly, being made from palm oil. That about covers the fuel, predominately in the form of oil, being used. But the truth is a completely different one and no one wants to talk about that.

Seaweed Could Be the Biofuel of Tomorrow

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They could be the biofuels of the future. That way, you don’t sacrifice food crops too, something that has been the bugbear of land-based biofuel crops. ” Kelps are also carbohydrate rich and they can be similarly processed into biofuels though fermentation and breakdown. They can be burned via a process known as pyrolysis to make oil; fermented with bacteria into ethanol; or converted into methane via anaerobic digestion.