Monthly Archives: January 2012

Global food price spikes- a double-edged sword?

Some folks from the Stanford¬†Center on Food Security and the Environment have a new policy piece out in the latest issue of Science exploring the effect of food commodity price spikes on food security for the world’s poor. ¬†They point … Continue reading

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Researchers develop bacteria that can turn seaweed into ethanol

Beautiful description of the development of a strain of E. coli that can convert sugars in macroalgae (seaweed) into ethanol or other fuels:

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DDGS impacts from expired tax credit for ethanol?

One of several potential impacts of the expired tax credit for making corn ethanol:

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EPA releases new GHG tracking tool

The EPA has released their GHG tracking tool, and I am pretty impressed. Lots of data, easy to use, and nice graphics. EPA GHG tracking tool

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Society double-paying for academic research?

At the risk of getting Paul all riled up, check this op-ed about paid versus open-access publishing for federally-funded research: I personally think that we should switch to a model where articles are pay-to-access but the long-toiling grad students … Continue reading

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Cornell colleagues officially respond to Howarth study on fracking

I’ve written before on this topic, and wanted to present the latest peer-reviewed response to the Howarth paper from 2011 that caused quite a stir:

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Fracking, LCA and commerce clauses and more..

Back from the holidays and catching up on some news and wanted to share a couple of things.. This short update points out how important fracked oil & gas may be in 2012 and going forward: Another chapter in … Continue reading

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