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Modelling a future fuelled by sustainable energy
University of Adelaide economists have modelled the transition from a world powered by fossil fuels to one in which sustainable sources supply all our energy needs. (2018-10-29)

Investing in the 'bioeconomy' could create jobs and reduce carbon emissions
A new article looks at the potential benefits of a Billion Ton Bioeconomy, a vision to enable a sustainable market for producing and converting a billion tons of US biomass to bio-based energy, fuels, and products by 2030. (2016-11-21)

Well-informed citizens consider CO2 storage to be acceptable
According to Dutch researchers, if you want to know what the average citizen thinks about new energy options then make sure you inform them properly first. Respondents who are not well informed, only give 'pseudo opinions' which are too fickle to base policy on. This emerges from psychological research into what the Dutch think about various forms of energy generation from fossil fuels in combination with CO2 storage. (2006-04-18)

Experts call for health and climate change warning labels on petrol pumps
Warning labels should be displayed on petrol pumps, energy bills, and airline tickets to encourage consumers to question their own use of fossil fuels, say health experts in The BMJ today. (2020-03-30)

New technologies to eliminate fossil fuel use in the sugar industry
QUT researchers are developing and testing new technologies as part of a $5.7 million three-year project with the potential to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the sugar industry. The project, which aims to turn sugarcane trash into renewable fuels, has just received funding of $2.1 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. (2016-04-27)

Fossil fuel emissions will complicate radiocarbon dating, warns scientist
Fossil fuel emissions could soon make it impossible for radiocarbon dating to distinguish new materials from artifacts that are hundreds of years old. (2015-07-20)

Closer look reveals true cost of coal
The cost of coal use is greater than it seems and policies geared toward subsidizing its use must be reformed quickly, before countries invest in coal-fired plants, Ottmar Edenhofer argues in this Perspective. (2015-09-17)

Adding up renewable energy
Do the overall efficiencies of renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and geothermal add up in terms of their complete life cycle from materials sourcing, manufacture, running, and decommissioning? Researchers in Greece have carried out a life cycle assessment to find the answer. (2007-08-13)

The benefits of energy crop cultivation outweigh the costs
An article in the current issue of Global Change Biology Bioenergy reveals that Miscanthus x giganteus, a perennial grass, could effectively reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, while lowering atmospheric CO2. (2010-05-21)

Climate pledges 'like tackling COVID-19 without social distancing'
Current global pledges to tackle climate change are the equivalent of declaring a pandemic without a plan for social distancing, researchers say. (2020-09-24)

Links in the chain: Global carbon emissions and consumption
It is difficult to measure accurately each nation's contribution of carbon dioxide to the Earth's atmosphere. Carbon is extracted out of the ground as coal, gas, and oil, and these fuels are often exported to other countries where they are burned to generate the energy that is used to make products. In turn, these products may be traded to still other countries where they are consumed. A team tracked and quantified this supply chain of global carbon dioxide emissions. (2011-10-17)

DOE funds Clemson University clean energy research
Clemson University associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering David Bruce will participate in a multi-university Energy Frontier Research Center funded with $12.5 million from the US Department of Energy. The Center for Atomic-Level Catalyst Design is focused on the development of new catalysts for the production of clean fuels and chemicals from renewable sources. (2009-07-07)

Smithsonian scientists highlight environmental impacts of biofuels
Biofuels reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in comparison to fossil fuels. In the Jan. 4 issue of the journal Science, Smithsonian researchers highlight a new study that factors in environmental costs of biofuel production. Corn, soy and sugarcane come up short. The authors urge governments to be far more selective about which biofuels they support, as not all are more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels. (2008-01-03)

Green fuel versus black gold
A life cycle assessment of growing crops for fuel as opposed to refining and using fossil fuels has revealed that substitution of gasoline by bioethanol converted from energy crops has considerable potential for rendering our society more sustainable, according to a Japanese study published in the International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy. (2012-02-24)

Net energy -- a useless, misleading and dangerous metric, says expert
As oil becomes scarce, the world needs new transportation fuels. As new fuel options develop we need means of assessing which are most effective at replacing petroleum. So far many scientists have used a measure called (2007-08-08)

Actual fossil fuel emissions checked with new technique
Researchers have measured CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use in California and compared them to reported emissions. This is the first time fossil fuel emissions have been independently checked for such a large area. (2018-04-12)

Generating clean electricity will improve world population's health
The health of people around the world will (2007-09-12)

Carbon-neutral fuels move a step closer
Chemists at EPFL have developed an efficient process for converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a key ingredient of synthetic fuels and materials. (2019-06-13)

Renewables could drastically cut tailpipe emissions
Ethanol and related gasoline replacement fuels produce fewer smog-causing chemicals. (2018-08-12)

Scientists find new way to sustainably make chemicals by copying nature's tricks
Researchers have copied the way organisms produce toxic chemicals without harming themselves, paving the way for greener chemical and fuel production. (2020-01-06)

Risø Energy Report 9: CO2-free energy can meet the world's energy needs in 2050
Taken as a whole, energy sources with low or no carbon emissions could easily cover the global energy supply in 2050. This is the main conclusion of Risø Energy Report 9. The challenge for a sustainable global energy system with low carbon emissions will be to use this potential in the energy system the best way possible seen from an economic point of view. (2010-11-16)

Forest and soil carbon is important but does not offset fossil fuel emissions
Leading world climate change experts have thrown cold water on the idea that planting trees can offset carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. Land carbon sinks cannot solve the problem of atmospheric carbon emissions but they legitimize the ongoing use of fossil fuels. (2013-05-29)

World is embracing clean energy, says University of Exeter professor
In a journal article published in Nature Energy today Professor Catherine Mitchell from the University's Energy Policy Group argues that investment in renewable electricity now outstrips that in fossil fuels, and that increasing numbers of policies to improve the efficiency of energy use and to make energy systems more flexible are pointing to a global momentum in the adoption of sustainable energy systems. (2016-02-01)

Carbon levy could limit impact of climate change, study suggests
A consumer tax levy on fossil fuels could provide an economical solution to the problem of catastrophic climate change, according to a new study. (2016-11-01)

Powder could help cut CO2 emissions
Scientists at the University of Waterloo have created a powder that can capture CO2 from factories and power plants. The powder, created in the lab of Zhongwei Chen, a chemical engineering professor at Waterloo, can filter and remove CO2 at facilities powered by fossil fuels before it is released into the atmosphere and is twice as efficient as conventional methods. (2018-12-19)

US tax breaks subsidize foreign oil production
The largest US subsidies to fossil fuels are attributed to tax breaks that aid foreign oil production, according to research to be released on Friday by the Environmental Law Institute in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The study, which reviewed fossil fuel and energy subsidies for Fiscal Years 2002-2008, reveals that the lion's share of energy subsidies supported energy sources that emit high levels of greenhouse gases. (2009-09-18)

U of M researchers close in on technology for making renewable petroleum
University of Minnesota researchers are a key step closer to making renewable petroleum fuels using bacteria, sunlight and dioxide, a goal funded by a $2.2 million United States Department of Energy grant. (2011-03-23)

Alternative energy sources needed to mitigate global warming, scientists say
Regulations alone will not stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and curb global warming, an international team of climate and technology experts says. What's needed is the further development of alternative energy technologies that permit worldwide economic development while simultaneously stabilizing carbon dioxide levels and controlling climate change. (2002-10-31)

Minister announces UK-India collaboration on bioenergy
In New Delhi on Nov. 15, 2011, Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, announced plans for a £10M joint call for sustainable bioenergy research between the UK and India. The call will support collaborative science which aims to solve shared problems in the production and processing of plants and algae for bioenergy, research that could help both nations develop sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. (2011-11-15)

Global halt to major greenhouse gas growth
The greenhouse gas, methane, has stopped growing in the global background atmosphere and could begin to decrease, CSIRO researchers announced today. (2003-11-25)

Lessening the impact of climate change on health
Reducing the use of fossil fuels and increasing the use of renewable energy sources can improve health by cutting air pollution and addressing climate change, state the authors of a review published in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2006-06-22)

Towards sustainability -- from a by-product of the biodiesel industry to a valuable chemical
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) develop a cheap and efficient copper-based catalyst that can be used to convert glycerol, one of the main by-products of the biodiesel industry, into a valuable compound called dihydroxyacetone. In addition, this same process produces hydrogen molecules from water, and these could be used as a clean type of fuel, further highlighting the impact of this research in terms of energy sustainability. (2020-01-08)

Public and private sectors unite to make more of brewing by-products
A collaboration between BBSRC, EPSRC and industry announced on May 9, 2011, new funding for research into ways of extracting valuable chemicals from the co-products of grain brewing. (2011-05-09)

Research gives new ray of hope for solar fuel
The quest to develop the 'Holy Grail' of affordable, viable and environmentally-friendly fuels using sunlight has taken an exciting new twist. (2018-04-27)

Researchers reveal gap in carbon capture and sequestration education
Carbon capture and sequestration has been an exciting topic both for researchers and also the policy makers on what to do with the large quantities of carbon dioxide released when fossil fuel use in power generation. A volume published March 2014 in print, ePub and also on the iBook (via iTunes) by Imperial College Press approaches the subject matter of CCS through a different way of educating students and researchers on the topic. (2014-03-11)

Cutting emissions gradually will avert sudden jump in warming
Steadily reducing fossil fuel emissions over coming years will prevent millions of premature deaths and help avoid the worst of climate change without causing a large spike in short-term warming that some studies predict, new analysis from Duke University and the University of Leeds finds. The finding dispels the misconception that the air-quality and climate benefits of transitioning to clean energy play out at different timescales -- a sticking point in recent climate negotiations. (2019-09-18)

Global carbon emissions set to reach record 36 billion tonnes in 2013
Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes - according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project, co-led by researchers from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia (UEA). The 2.1 per cent rise projected for 2013 means global emissions from burning fossil fuel are 61 per cent above 1990 levels, the baseline year for the Kyoto Protocol. (2013-11-18)

Energy technologies not enough to sufficiently reduce carbon emissions, NYU's Hoffert concludes
Current energy technologies are not enough to reduce carbon emissions to a level needed to lower the risks associated with climate change, New York University physicist Martin Hoffert concludes in an essay in the latest issue of the journal Science. (2010-09-09)

Anniversary grant from VILLUM FONDEN for a new center for developing sustainable
With a huge grant of DKK 150 million, VILLUM FONDEN supports the establishment of a new, ambitious research center at DTU. The center will conduct research in catalysts and develop pioneering technologies that can replace fossil resources with sustainable solutions. (2016-02-12)

A study assesses the possibility of turning CO2 into methanol for use in transport
Tecnalia has collaborated in a study for the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel (STOA) on the future use of methanol, produced from carbon dioxide, in motorized transport. STOA is the panel that advises MEPs in the sphere of Science and Technology. (2014-05-23)

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