biomass

Britain Achieves the ‘Unthinkable’ as Renewables Leapfrog Fossil Fuel Capacity

Britain Achieves the ‘Unthinkable’ as Renewables Leapfrog Fossil Fuel Capacity

Britain’s electricity grid hit a “major milestone,” as its total renewable electricity capacity leapfrogged fossil fuels for the first time, experts revealed Tuesday. The total available capacity from wind, solar, biomass, hydro and other renewables reached a record 42 gigawatts between July and September, overtaking the 40.6 gigawatts available from fossil fuels, according to a […]

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    German Nature Reserves Have Lost More Than 75% of Flying Insects

    German Nature Reserves Have Lost More Than 75% of Flying Insects

    A new study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE adds more evidence that insect populations around the globe are in perilous decline. For the study, researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands, alongside their German and English colleagues, measured the biomass of trapped flying insects at 63 nature preserves in Germany since 1989. They […]

    Biomass More Polluting Than Coal, New Study Finds

    Biomass More Polluting Than Coal, New Study Finds

    By Sami Yassa A pre-eminent think tank in the United Kingdom, Chatham House, issued a seminal report last week challenging a fundamental assumption underlying European renewable energy policy: that burning forest biomass to produce electricity is “carbon neutral.” The report, Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the Global Climate, finds that many forms […]

    Mount Everest Climbers May One Day Climb Ice-Free

    Mount Everest Climbers May One Day Climb Ice-Free

    The Himalayan Mountains and Tibetan Plateau, dubbed the “Third Pole” for having the largest ice mass on Earth after the polar regions, are rapidly losing their glaciers. Eighteen percent of China’s glaciers have vanished in the past 50 years according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Air pollution and rising air temperatures are combining to […]

    What Role Can Biofuels Play in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

    What Role Can Biofuels Play in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

    The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is occurring mainly at the power plant level. But what about transportation? Can we significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by switching to cleaner fuels? Or is this just an attempt to keep 20th century technology chugging along while trading one set of environmental problems for another? Biofuels […]

    Three Arrested in Biomass Plant Protest

    Three Arrested in Biomass Plant Protest

    Nearly 100 activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Earth First! converged on the Seneca Jones biomass plant today protesting the company’s privatization of public lands in the Elliott State Forest in Oregon and ongoing pollution in West Eugene. The activists brought attention to Seneca Jones Timber’s role in privatizing the Elliott State Forest. Photo credit: […]

    Groups Expose UK for Subsidizing Biomass and ‘Clean Coal’ as Renewable Energy

    Groups Expose UK for Subsidizing Biomass and ‘Clean Coal’ as Renewable Energy

    Campaigners representing groups working on issues of opencast coal and biomass have jointly called on Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) yesterday to end to subsidies and industry support for Drax Power Station. The statement follows an announcement by DECC and Drax claiming that “Britain’s largest coal-fired power station is set to become one of […]

    The Toxic Air Burden from Industrial Power Plants Near You

    The Toxic Air Burden from Industrial Power Plants Near You

    Earthjustice Earthjustice released a white paper and interactive map on Feb. 23 showing the locations and reported baseline emissions from 1,753 industrial power plants across the U.S. Industrial power plants are in‐house power plants that burn conventional fuels like coal, biomass and oil. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently under court order to […]

    Biomass Energy May Accelerate Global Warming

    Biomass Energy May Accelerate Global Warming

    Southern Environmental Law Center A new study of southeastern forests in the U.S. finds that in the long run, burning wood instead of fossil fuels to make electricity can reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but not soon enough to prevent worsening the conditions leading to global climate change.    The study also shows that […]