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2014 a big year for clean coal too

We know that 2014 is supposed to be a make-or-break year for cellulosic ethanol, with multiple new biorefineries recently or soon-to-be completed in order to fulfill RIN demand mandated by the Renewable Fuel Standard.  According to a recent Bloomberg article, … Continue reading

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US climate policy in 2008 vs. 2014

From Vox: Obama’s climate change regulations are less ambitious than what Republicans were proposing in 2008 Makes for some very interesting & depressing reading about how much the right side of the Overton Window on this issue has moved in … Continue reading

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EcoPress guest post on basic data analysis in Python

I have a guest post up on the CSU Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory’s EcoPress blog about transitioning from doing basic data analysis in Excel to writing simple programs to do so in Python: http://nrelscience.org/2014/05/19/repeatable-and-transparent-data-analysis-making-the-leap-from-excel-to-python-with-tutorial/  It’s very basic, laying out some … Continue reading

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PSA- there’s no such thing as % temperature change (unless you’re working in K or R!)

Public service announcement- there is NO SUCH THING as a percent change in temperature, unless you happen to be working in absolute temperature units like Kelvin or Rankine degrees.  If you’ve using degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit, those are relative scales … Continue reading

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Tracking cellulosic bioenergy targets, production, and capacity

Check out the new page on RFS2 cellulosic biofuel RIN production volumes!  The figure presented builds off previous simple analyses here and here, and will be updated periodically based on EPA EMTS numbers (which appear to be published with only … Continue reading

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‘Low carbon’ caveats watering down development aid?

Interesting article in the Financial Times about the tension between adopting low carbon development restrictions for international aid, versus trying maximizing the impact of donor dollars towards universal energy access: Climate Policy Robs the World’s Poor of their Hopes (behind … Continue reading

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Interesting articles in this week’s Science

A couple of interesting pieces relevant to ecosystem modeling and greenhouse gas accounting in this week’s issue of Science: It’s been hypothesized that the biogeochemistry of sodium (Na) may be important to consider when modeling the terrestrial carbon cycle (Ecosystems … Continue reading

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