Category Archives: sustainable development

BECCS keeps on truckin’ in IL

A quick update on ADM’s Illinois ethanol plant w/ carbon capture and storage (previously discussed here): ADM Carbon Capture Reaches 1 Million Metric Tons Apparently they’ve geologically sequestered 1,000,000 Mg CO2 fixed from the atmosphere by corn plants since 2011.  … Continue reading

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EcoPress post on BANR project

I have a guest post up on EcoPress (the official CSU Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory blog) about biofuel sustainability in the context of the new BANR project, as part of their new sustainability series– Sustainability Part 2:  Sustainable Biofuels and … Continue reading

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UPDATE on ‘Energy access as a life-or-death issue’

In the comment section following my recent post on Energy access as a life-or-death issue, Paul comments on the plot showing a clear positive correlation between energy use and life expectancy, making the point that correlation does not imply causation.  … Continue reading

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Energy access as a life-or-death issue

We’ve devoted a fair amount of space on this blog to issues of energy access in developing countries, including examining whether Clean Development Mechanism projects are being preferentially established in the countries with the lowest energy access (apparently not), and … Continue reading

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… and Jatropha responds.

It just so happens that a few days after that NPR report on jatropha came out, Energy for Sustainable Development (one of my favorite bioenergy-relevant journals) released an issue with not one, not two, but three articles on jatropha bioenergy.  … Continue reading

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Jatropha panned on NPR

An interesting report on the bursting Jatropha bubble in Africa on NPR (via Paul): http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/08/21/159391553/how-a-biofuel-dream-called-jatropha-came-crashing-down There were two thoughts that I debated while reading this: Is it irresponsible for leaders and policymakers to promote feedstock crop cultivation before the fuel … Continue reading

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Perverting the CDM

There’s a great recent New York Times piece on the massive perverse incentives created by the Clean Development Mechanism: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48578898/ns/world_news-the_new_york_times#.UCgKX1TmRsQ A bit of background: for most of the history of refrigeration, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and  hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) were used as the … Continue reading

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