For me, the study reinforces my conviction that bioenergy can be done badly and become a threat to diversity, or that it can also be done well and reduce risks to biodiversity—and can even help improve wildlife habitat in some cases. The difference between doing bioenergy well or badly is the enactment of policy—some speed limits and stop signs, if you will—that insist that bioenergy be done well, including the protection of biodiversity.
A USDA clean energy incentive program has reaped big benefits for the economy and the environment, but future funding is uncertain. Read more here then consider taking action to support rural clean energy!
This past summer, President Obama gave a speech on climate that was noteworthy for several reasons. Perhaps the most impressive moments were when he appealed to all of us citizens to step-up. But there was a major omission in the speech and the plan — the biosphere and the healing potential of biocarbon! With broad effort and careful management of biocarbon, we might actually reverse the rise from 350 to 400 ppm.
A recent tour of small-scale sustainable bioenergy facilities in Virginia left me feeling proud of the many people making strides to reduce America’s petroleum consumption.
The effects of changing weather and climate present new challenges for farmers and foresters in the rural South. Here’s news about some noteworthy thinking and actions on adapting to these changes.
REAP grant applications are due April 30!
This winter has been a busy season of new bioenergy projects and policy developments.
The evidence is in, and it clearly shows that USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is a program with proven benefits to the rural economy, the environment, and our national security. Lawmakers should strengthen it, not cut it.
Are you feeling impatient about the complex question of biogenic carbon? For those who care about biomass, forests, or the climate, four new papers are worth careful reading.
The story of David and Goliath is one that should bring courage to advanced biofuels innovators. So should a new round of grants from the Biofuels Center of North Carolina.