Making Biofuels from West Coast Forests is a Bad Idea

October 26, 2011 by  
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Flickr / CC BY 3.0 Let’s Not Repeat the Corn Ethanol Debacle Scientists from the Oregon State University have published in Nature Climate Change the largest and most comprehensive study to date on the environmental impacts of making biofuel from West Coast forests. What they found after crunching the data isn’t very encouraging for those who would like to revive the forestry sector by turning trees into fuel…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Kevlar-Coated, Disaster-Resistant House Retracts Below Ground (Video)

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© 10 Design In a future that may be rocked by natural disasters brought about by a changing climate, it may be a very good idea to have a disaster-resistant house. Though it may not be built anytime too soon, Hong Kong-based architecture firm 10design envisions a futuristic response to catastrophe in its lofted, Kevlar-coated house that can adapt to extreme weather by retracting into the ground, as this video shows:… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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13 Year-old Aidan Dwyer Discusses His Fibonacci Sequence-Inspired Solar Tree (Video)

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American Natural History Museum/Public Domain From the get-go, the story seemed spun by a skilled, ultra-modern fabulist: A 13 year-old junior high student observes the sunlight-collecting properties of trees while on a hike in the woods. His family had been discussing acquiring solar panels for their backyard, but feared their space too limited. The young student nonetheless wonders if trees’ ability to soak up sunlight in relatively small areas might be replicable. So, after researching the Fibonacci sequence, he designs a ?solar tree’, erects it in his backyard, and goes about monitoring the data inputs and making adjustments — and makes a clean energy b… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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UK Offshore Wind Power Industry May Struggle To Keep Up, As Nation Adds 2.5 GW Per Year By 2016

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Danny Nicholson / CC BY-ND 2.0 It’s a tough but somewhat enviable spot to be in: Research from RenewableUK shows that growth in offshore wind power in the UK is such that Britain’s supply chain will have a hard time keeping up by 2013 and 2014…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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