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NASA studies use of alternate jet biofuels

NASA researchers have begun a series of flights using the agency's DC-8 flying laboratory to study the effects of alternate biofuel on engine performance, emissions and aircraft-generated contrails at altitude.

Mar 2nd, 2013

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Crunch year for biofuels

US biofuel policies are set to collide this year - with each other and with reality - Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds in new "What to Watch for" biofuels white paper.

Mar 1st, 2013

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Improving climate protection in agriculture

Agriculture is responsible for around ten to twelve percent of all greenhouse gases attributable to human activities. This raises the question of how these emissions could be reduced. A recent study has investigated - for the first time - the full range of factors that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, namely soil and climate conditions, the agricultural model and the farming intensity on both organic and conventional holdings.

Feb 28th, 2013

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Microalga-based bioplastics

The new bioplastics have high thermal plasticity and heat resistance, comparable to those of conventional bioplastics and petroleum-based plastics.

Feb 28th, 2013

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A game plan for climate change

Researchers have successfully piloted a process that enables natural resource managers to take action to conserve particular wildlife, plants and ecosystems as climate changes.

Feb 27th, 2013

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Rethinking wind power

The latest research in mesoscale atmospheric modeling suggests that the generating capacity of large-scale wind farms has been overestimated.

Feb 26th, 2013

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UN sustainable energy initiative could put world on a path to climate targets

A new study shows that reaching the 3 energy-related objectives proposed by the United Nations in their Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, launched in 2011, would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change and, in combination with other measures, could help keep global temperature rise from exceeding the internationally agreed target level of 2 C.

Feb 24th, 2013

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Solar energy to get boost from cutting-edge forecasts

Applying its atmospheric expertise to solar energy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is spearheading a three-year, nationwide project to create unprecedented, 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the Sun for solar energy power plants.

Feb 22nd, 2013

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