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2010 Year in Review of Biofuels…

Biofuels took a step away from the limelight in 2010, replaced by the buzz surrounding electric vehicles. But there were still a variety of policy decisions, and economic milestones that made the sector interesting in 2010.

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Africa mulls biofuels as land grab fears grow

Farmers in this iron-roof village in Sierra Leone say they didn’t know what they were getting into when they leased their land for a biofuel crop they now fear threatens their food harvests. Addax Bioenergy, part of privately-owned Swiss Addax & Oryx Group, says it went through long consultations with locals when it won a […]

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The Pros and Cons of Biofuels

There are many eco-benefits to replacing oil with biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel. For one, since such fuels are derived from agricultural crops, they are inherently renewable–and our own farmers typically produce them domestically, reducing our dependence on unstable foreign sources of oil. Additionally, ethanol and biodiesel emit less particulate pollution than traditional petroleum-based gasoline […]

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Jatropha: Mozambique’s new biofuel hope

CHIMOIO, Mozambique — The lines of small bushy plants stretch out across the rolling hills of central Mozambique, dew-covered and shining in the morning sunlight. Peter Whitehead walks down the rows smiling like only a father can at the somewhat scrubby, greasy little jatropha shrubs. Whitehead, a forester from Knysna, South Africa, is starting up […]

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Could Generating Energy from Waste Be the Answer?

Scientists at Teesside University are helping to find answers to one of the most difficult problems facing the world today — generating energy without accelerating climate change or harming food production. The researchers are investigating biofuels generated from wastes. This is seen by many as the ‘green alternative’ to using fossil fuels.  Biofuels may appear […]

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