Saturday, July 20, 2013

How biofuels increase greenhouse gas emissions

CTA - Brussels Office Weblog - Studies shore up proof of indirect biofuels emissions: "Projections that feedstock-based biofuels will indirectly cause net greenhouse gas emissions in the future have been confirmed by preliminary results from two new studies of past land use change.
This may strengthen the case for bringing forward a review into whether indirect land use change (ILUC) - net carbon loss that occurs when forests and grasslands are cleared for food production that has been displaced by biofuels plantations elsewhere- factors should be included in EU legislation."

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Natural gas was supposed to be a bridge from coal to renewables. Not.

Bridge Out: Coal Generation Rises While Natural Gas Falls As The Fairy Tale Comes To An End | ThinkProgress: "Coal’s share of total domestic power generation in the first four months of 2013 averaged 39.5%, compared with 35.4% during the same period last year, according to the Energy Information Administration [EIA]…. By contrast, natural gas generation averaged about 25.8% this year, compared with 29.5% a year earlier."

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Exaggerated Benefits of Electric Cars

Streetsblog: "Rather than using that money to subsidize electric cars, taxpayers would get a better environmental bang for their buck with interventions like transit expansion, more targeted emissions testing policies, and making places more walkable and bikeable."

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Unclean at Any Speed - IEEE Spectrum

Unclean at Any Speed - IEEE Spectrum: "Upon closer consideration, moving from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric cars begins to look more and more like shifting from one brand of cigarettes to another."

Wishful thinking that capitalism can actually save forests

Guest Post: Redeeming REDD | "Opponents of REDD speak about the predatory green economy, REDD as a new form of colonialism, rights abuses, carbon cowboys and susceptibility to other forms of grander organized crime corruption. "