November 2008

Brazilian ethanol: the two sides of the coin

November 22, 2008

Two contrasting news pieces regarding Brazilian biofuel production add further confusion as to how sustainable it really is. On one hand, the adjunct secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), Laksmi Puri, said on Thursday in São Paulo that the country’s development strategy is a model. “We analyzed the Brazilian […]

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Is algae fuel ready to take off?

November 20, 2008

We’ve been writing about algae fuel for over a year here at Energy Refuge, so we were pleased to read this report saying that this fledgling industry has been expanding at a steady pace. The claim is based on the number of participants at the recent Algae Biomass Summit in Seattle (October 23-24), which doubled […]

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Saving Heating Costs: Out of the Closet

November 18, 2008

I’ve been keeping my thermostat low. 63 degrees low while I am at work and in the evenings. I am getting used to it. But I really haven’t been living at 63 since there has been enough sunlight during the day to keep my house at around 68 – 72. But it is getting colder […]

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The London eco-woman

November 17, 2008

The Guardian newspaper ran a profile of a fascinating woman living in South London that I thought was well worth clipping. 68-year-old Joan Pick hasn’t flown since 1971, hasn’t driven a car since 1973, she only eats raw vegetarian food, washes her own clothes, walks and jogs everywhere and avoids many other trappings set up […]

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U.S. cap and trade programs could be effective, says report

November 13, 2008

The first of a three-part report produced by researchers at MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research concerning key design issues of proposed ‘cap-and-trade‘ programs that are under consideration in the United States as a way of curbing greenhouse gas emissions found that, based on an examination of the European Union’s system and of […]

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