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Corn biofuels worse than gasoline on global warming in short term – study

Corn biofuels worse than gasoline on global warming in short term – study | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
$500,000 study paid for by federal government says biofuels made from corn residue release 7% more greenhouse gases in short term
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Another biofuels myth debunked.

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Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim

Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Study says EU-grown rapeseed biodiesel falls under 35% marker, adding weight to calls to end food biofuels...

 

Renewed problems with the EU's biofuels policy.

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New Dutch report: Biodiesel worse for the environment than normal diesel

New Dutch report: Biodiesel worse for the environment than normal diesel | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Circuler avec du diesel normal ou de l'essence est moins néfaste pour l'environnement que circuler au biodiesel, selon une étude réalisée pour l'organisation environnementale Greenpeace, rapportée vendredi par le quotidien De Morgen.
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More Corn is Used For Ethanol in U.S. Than For Food or Feed — The Top Five Reasons We Should Stop This Madness

More Corn is Used For Ethanol in U.S. Than For Food or Feed — The Top Five Reasons We Should Stop This Madness | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Today, more corn is grown in America for ethanol than for food or for livestock feed. For every 10 ears of corn grown in the U.S., two are consumed by humans, and the other eight are used for feed and fuel."

Amazing figures from US corn farming: 4 times more corn used for fuel than for food.

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National Academies: Algae Biofuels aren't sustainable...yet

National Academies: Algae Biofuels aren't sustainable...yet | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"This week, the National Academy of Sciences released a report on the Sustainability of Algae Biofuels"

 

Interesting analysis of new US report on second-generation biofuels from algae.

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Energiewende: Stoppt den Bioenergie-Wahnsinn

Energiewende: Stoppt den Bioenergie-Wahnsinn | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Kraftstoffe vom Acker können den Klimawandel nicht aufhalten. Sie verschärfen stattdessen das globale Hungerproblem, attestiert nun die Nationale Wissenschaftsakademie.

 

A comprehensive new study published by the German National Academy of Sciences concludes that "Germany should not focus on Bioenergy to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and GHG emissions". Germany's Die Zeit has an excellent summary of this interesting "Bioenergy – chances and limits" study.

 

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Second-generation ethanol processing cost prohibitive

Costs for second-generation ethanol processing, which will ease the stress on corn and sugarcane, are unlikely to be competitive until 2020.
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EU in fresh row over biofuels' 'green' claims

EU in fresh row over biofuels' 'green' claims | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A fresh row has erupted in Brussels over the environmental benefits of
biofuels, with academics and EU officials at loggerhead over how to account
for CO2 savings in the product's life cycle.

It is hard for EU policymakers to admit to past mistakes.

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