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Coverage of biomass since May 22, 2024.

Elsevier withdraws plagiarized paper after original author calls journal out on LinkedIn

"...Sadrizadeh, a researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, was the last author on Supply-demand side management of a building energy system driven by solar and biomass in Stockholm: A smart integration with minimal cost and emission, published in September 2023 in Energy Conversion and Management..."

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Tropical forest degradation due to edge effects is 200% higher than thought

"...The study, published in Nature, explains that trees near deforested or degraded areas of the forest are more vulnerable to drought, as well as to human activity such as logging. These edge effects are measurable up to 1. 5km into the forest, the authors find..."

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What Economics Does or Doesnt Tell Us About the Climate Consequences of Using Wood

"...Timothy Searchinger is a Senior Research Scholar at Princeton University and Technical Director for Agriculture, Forestry and Ecosystems at WRI. This article was written in collaboration with Steve Berry, David Swenson Professor of Economics at Yale University and Faculty Director at the Tobin Center for Economic Policy.  To reduce global carbon emissions, should people harvest and use more wood or less? This question underlies the merits of policies that encourage power plants and heating facilities to burn more wood pellets and builders to construct more tall wood buildings..."

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What Is There to Debate About U.S. Clean Hydrogen Incentives?

"...Evolved Energy found that, cumulatively, the Three Pillars avoid 192 million to 416 million metric tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2) through 2030, and even more in the years beyond. Some studies also examine impacts of the proposed flexibility, with Rhodium Group, for example, estimating that a poorly administered 5% allowance that uses fossil fuels rather than clean energy could emit up to 1. 5 billion MtCO2 through 2035, when the credit is slated to expire..."

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4 Growing Threats to Europes Forests: Logging, Bioenergy, Wildfires and Pests

"...Europes forests face increasing pressures. Impacts include fewer tall forests, climate change-induced wildfires, insect outbreaks, and, most recently, increased wood harvesting to meet additional demand for home-grown biomass in response to the Ukraine war and changing energy demands. Against this backdrop, the EUs new Nature Restoration Law will introduce critical safeguards to protect remaining old-growth forests, set aside additional forests for restoration, and improve the biodiversity of forests managed for wood production..."

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Recycling Plastic Is a Dangerous Waste of Time

"...By now, you probably know that plastic recycling is a scam. If not, this white paper lays out the case in devastating detail. To summarise, amid calls to reduce plastic garbage in the 1970s and 80s, the petrochemical industry put forth recycling as a red herring to create the appearance of a solution while it continued to make as much plastic as it pleased..."

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Agriculture major driver of rise in nitrous oxide emissions over past 40 years

"...Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a long-lasting greenhouse gas that is around 270 times more potent than CO2. It is the third-largest contributor to climate change, after CO2 and methane..."

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In Halifax, green roofs net great results

"...Jeremy Lundholm, an ecology consultant and adjunct Saint Mary’s University professor, spent two decades testing approximately 20 native plants on Halifax green roofs. To find species fit for windy rooftop environments with minimal soil, he tested plants that survive in harsh coastal barrens. Species Lundholm recommends include silverrod, three-toothed cinquefoil, poverty oatgrass and roseroot..."

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Net-zero targets neither feasible nor realistic: op-ed

"...Canada and other developed countries have committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Yet here at the midway point between the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the first international treaty to set binding targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and the looming deadline of 2050, recent findings cast doubt on the feasibility of this ambitious transition. According to a new study published by the Fraser Institute, despite international agreements, significant government spending and regulations, and some technological progress, the world's dependence on fossil fuels has been steadily and significantly increasing over the past three decades..."

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Halfway Between Kyoto and 2050: Zero Carbon Is a Highly Unlikely Outcome

"...SummaryThis essay evaluates past carbon emission reduction and the feasibility of eliminating fossil fuels to achieve net-zero carbon by 2050. Despite international agreements, government spending and regulations, and technological advancements, global fossil fuel consumption surged by 55 percent between 1997 and 2023. And the share of fossil fuels in global energy consumption has only decreased from nearly 86 percent in 1997 to approximately 82 percent in 2022..."

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Powering Up: How Canada keeps the lights on

"...This data does not show the electricity provinces import from other jurisdictions — only what they generated in 2022. Smaller jurisdictions — such as Nunavut and the Northwest Territories — have a high percentage of fossil fuels on their grids. But because they are sparsely populated their total greenhouse gas emissions arising from electrical generation are still far lower than Ontario and New Brunswick, which have a cleaner mix..."

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At international energy conference, delegates push to make clean cooking accessible to all

"...The Paris-based International Energy Agency's 9th annual conference on energy efficiency brings together ministers, CEOs and thought leaders from around the world to discuss how to speed up progress on energy efficiency, which experts say can drastically reduce planet-warming emissions. On the agenda is how to deliver affordable clean cooking, which involves using electricity, solar and other solutions instead of more polluting fuels like charcoal, wood and kerosene..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention biomass.

Progress on Woody Biomass Burial

Duration: 34:46

"...Biomass burial is a CDR methodology that we havent yet dug into on our show..."

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EPA releases final rule for short-term renewable fuel obligations, falling short of biofuel industry's expectations

Duration: 6:31

"...EPA announced a final rule Wednesday to establish renewable volume obligations (RVO) and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel (BBD), advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel for 20232025..."

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Soybean School: Wrestling residue in no-till systems

Duration: 8:10

"...Whats the best way to manage corn residue to mitigate soybean yield loss in a no-till system? Thats a question University of Wisconsin Madison soybean specialist Shawn Conley hears more and more from growers as both corn yield and the biomass produced by more prolific hybrids continues to grow..."

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Wheat Pete's Word, Aug 17: Late tar spot, biomass, performance trials, and bean leaf beetles

Duration: 20:11

"...How early is too early for wheat? How late is too late for tar spot to steal yield? Are too-late silks a high-risk for gibberella? This weeks version of Wheat Petes Word tackles those questions and much more! Have a question youd like Johnson to address or some yield results to send in? Disagree with. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biomass.

Biochar: How burning stubble could FIGHT air pollution

"...Biochar: Crop residue management and climate change mitigation in India: ..."

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Why the EU Energy Crisis Fuels Severe Logging, even in the US

"...Biomass makes up roughly 60% of the EUs renewable energy, supported by large subsidies worth 13bn in 2020..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about biomass relevant to the latest news.

Critical assessment of biorefinery approaches for efficient management and resource recovery from water hyacinths for sustainab

"..., compost, biofertilizer, and mulch, energy resources such as bioethanol, biomethane, biohydrogen, and biochar, and other resources such as biopolymers, animal feed and fish feed, and high-value chemicals have been gaining popularity in the last decade..."

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Sustainable high-quality seaweed production from deep seawater

"...Small-scale industries utilising DSW have been established, with DSW being employed for bottled drinking water, aquaculture, agriculture, cosmetics, medicine, food, and power generation?all contributing to substantial economic benefits..."

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"...In addition, we present an overview of the conservation state of the kelp population in the coastal protected area, along with allometric equations for estimating biomass based on biometric measurements easily attainable underwater..."

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Biomass pretreatment, bioprocessing and reactor design for biohydrogen production: a review

"...The negative effects of the accelerating climate change due partly to fossil fuel consumption is calling for the rapid development of sustainable energies such as biohydrogen, which is produced using microorganisms..."

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Biological Pretreatment of Cassava Husk with Aspergillus Niger ATCC 1004 to Improve Biogas Production

"...The anaerobic digestion of the husks together with bovine manure was analyzed in relation to the daily volume of gas produced, methane content, carbon dioxide, ammonia and hydrogen sulphide..."

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Technological analysis of the sustainable production of $$omega $$

"...All in all, the presented research demonstrates through quantitative data the feasibility of (omega ) -3 production and provides a tangible instance highlighting how the circular economy paradigm can foster innovation within the agri-food industry..."

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Valorization of residual lignocellulosic biomass in South America: a review

"...In South America, RLB is used to produce biogas, syngas, hydrogen, bio-oil, biodiesel, torrefied biomass, pellets, and biomass briquettes..."

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Biomass-Derived Carbohydrates to 5-Ethoxymethylfurfural

"...The synthesis of liquid fuel and fuel additives from abundant biomass substrates has acquired significant attention in recently..."

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Dual effects of drying and urban pollution on leaf litter decomposition and shredder consumption in permanent and intermittent

"...In the present study we investigated the combined effect of flow intermittence and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent on leaf litter decomposition in two Mediterranean streams with permanent and intermittent flow regimes..."

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Engine performance evaluation and emission test with B10 biodiesel blend from Chlorella vulgaris cultivated with aquaponics was

"...Algae biodiesel shows promise as a renewable fuel due to its high productivity, CO2 absorption potential, and minimal competition with food crops compared to conventional biofuels..."

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Utilization of Various Types of Biosorbents for Removal of Nitrites from Water

"...Nitrite-containing pollutants from human and industrial activities pollute water resources and jeopardize human and ecological health..."

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Effect of plant communities on bacterial and fungal communities in a Central European grassland

"...Background Grasslands provide fundamental ecosystem services that are supported by their plant diversity..."

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