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Does Oil Cause Indirect Land Use Change?

I’ve been paying a lot of attention recently to new analyses attempting to model carbon emissions from indirect land use change, which is the conversion of land needed to maintain an international balance of supply and demand for agricultural crops, an effect that is heavily determined by crop prices. These new analyses raise a question about the existing assumption that oil has zero effect on land use change. Tim Searchinger, the lead author of one Read More >

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2008 is a Good Year for Algae

And we’re not just talking about sushi here.  According to Greentech Media 2008 has been a banner year for venture capital financing of algae based biofuel companies. $179.5 million to date, according to numbers from the Cleantech Group. That compares with what appears to be about $32 million raised last year, based on a Cleantech Group chart of quarterly totals that doesn’t list the actual numbers And, elsewhere in the blogosphere algae biofuels are getting Read More >

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10 Questions for POET on Ethanol

earth2tech emailed 10 questions to POET’s CEO, Jeff Broin. Ranging from, Do you favor one presidential candidate’s biofuel and energy policy over the other, and if so, which one? to In the great debate over how much corn ethanol is affecting food prices, what do you think about some newer reports that have said biofuels have affected food prices significantly? Drop in and check out the answers.

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More Models to Measure Land Use Change

As the U.S. EPA and California’s Air Resource Board seek to implement their respective Renewable and Low-Carbon Fuel Standards, economists continue to refine models to measure and predict indirect land use change emissions associated with biofuels. Many of the original critiques of the Searchinger paper in Science that initiated this debate commented on the uncertainty in attributing indirect land use change to biofuels. Prof. Roger Sylvester-Bradley of ADAS UK Ltd., for instance, summarizes many of Read More >

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BIO's Brent Erickson Discusses the Future of Ethanol on Tech Nation

Hey check it out!  BIO’s very own Brent Erickson discusses the future of ethanol with Dr. Moira Gunn on Tech Nation. Listen to the interview.

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