Ethanol

According to the BBC the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, released today, announced that the atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide reached a record high at 391 parts per million in 2011. Other greenhouse gases, like methane, also were recorded at an all-time high. According to the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin press […]

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Great Lakes Week Great Lakes Week 2012 kicked off yesterday and runs through Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio. The event is a series of seminars where stakeholders, from activist groups to governments, collaborate on the future restoration of the Great Lakes bodies. Watch live coverage online at the website, or follow on Facebook and Twitter @EPAGreatLakes, […]

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A sudden water shortage is the latest hardship blighting the city of Aleppo, already facing a humanitarian crisis. A main pipe burst during fighting between the Syrian military and rebel fighters, The New York Times reported. On Friday, 12 people died in clashes between cattle herders and farmers in southeastern Kenya over land and water, […]

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U.S. government support for biofuels and inaction on climate change are creating food price spikes and hunger in other countries, the Guardian reported, citing a new study by the Global Hunger Index. Twenty-six countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, are at extreme risk of hunger. Yemen could face a humanitarian crisis on a par with that […]

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Extreme levels of radiation have been detected in soil within 40 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Asahi Japan Watch reported, citing the country’s Science Ministry. China The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts ploughs through thousands of diplomatic cables and highlights what U.S. diplomats in China have reported about China’s fledgling environmental movement. […]

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Is there common ground in analyzing financial systems and ecosystems, and are there similarities between the current economic and ecological crises? This Yale Environment 360 opinion piece argues that the Ponzi scheme of hyper-consumerism is approaching the equivalent of the Lehman collapse in 2008. Norwegian oil producer Statoil pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges related […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture urges more study of the climate-food nexus, Reuters reported. With world food needs projected to increase by 70 percent by 2050, water availability will be a key factor in long-term forecasts. In that case, why is the U.S. government such a staunch supporter of ethanol? A Purdue University study found […]

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The Council on Foreign Relations highlights the factors behind food price volatility, and analyzes why price volatility rather than high prices are the crux of global food security. Why is China importing more corn? The Economic Observer reports. Egypt has initiated a proposal in the World Trade Organisation to ban export restrictions on farm products […]

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Pollution from the Mississippi The deluge comes quickly, but the effects linger. The spring flood on the Mississippi River will produce the largest-ever hypoxic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Geological Survey and university scientists. The dead zone will cover a […]

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President Barack Obama’s speech on the Middle East last week focused on the issues of borders and security, but made no mention of other core issues such as settlements, water and refugees, Egypt’s ambassador to the United Nations told Bloomberg. Revisit Circle of Blue’s coverage of the drought in the West Bank. Over the weekend, […]

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Environmental groups are up in arms over the State Department’s updated environmental analysis of a proposed oil pipeline project from Alberta, Canada, to Texas. The study drew similar conclusions to a draft environmental impact statement issued by the State Department last year, which said that the controversial project “would result in limited adverse environmental impacts […]

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There are about 20 full-scale proposals for desalination plants in California, with several smaller facilities already in operation, but conservationists are up in arms. Reuters reports on some of the powerful interests pulling the strings of California’s water management. In this article for the Guardian, Peter Bosshard, the policy director of the global environmental and […]

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Preliminary report describes an infant cellulosic biofuels industry with a mandate to grow up fast.

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Production of ethanol, the most commonly used biofuel, has prompted concerns about water use and food supply.

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A breakdown of gallons of water used by transportation fuels per mile.

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In the ongoing debate about rethinking America’s energy future, there has been far too little discussion about water.

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When thirsty people plant thirsty crops to fuel thirsty car and trucks, watchdogs of the world’s water begin to worry.

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Officials in Tampa, Florida, got a surprise recently, when a local firm building the state’s first ethanol-production factory put in a request for 400,000 gallons a day of city water.

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