06 08/11

The Ultimate Trash To Treasure: ARS Research Turns Poultry Waste into Toxin-grabbing Char

Technician Renee Bigner (top) feeds poultry manure into the hopper of a pellet mill while chemist Kari Fitzmorris (front) collects finished pellets. Chemist Isabel Lima monitors the mill’s operation by measuring pellet temperature with an infrared probe. (D127-43) Humans and charcoal have a long association. The familiar briquettes heating our backyard grills can trace their [...]

02 08/11

The future of biochar – Project Rainbow Bee Eater

It was inevitable, given the potential impact on the economy and the lingering questions about the scientific basis of the cause and scale of the projected changes in climate and its impacts, that the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) would become a politically partisan issue in politics (causing strange alliances) and in the broader [...]

28 07/11

Sustainable biochar to mitigate global climate change

Production of biochar (the carbon (C)-rich solid formed by pyrolysis of biomass) and its storage in soils have been suggested as a means of abating climate change by sequestering carbon, while simultaneously providing energy and increasing crop yields. Substantial uncertainties exist, however, regarding the impact, capacity and sustainability of biochar at the global level. In [...]

23 06/11

The IPCC speaks, on renewable energy and climate change

original source: Demand for energy services is increasing. GHG emissions resulting from the provision of energy services contribute significantly to the increase in atmospheric GHG concentrations. Graphic: IPCC-SRREN  The Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), agreed and released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) on 09 May 2011, has assessed existing literature [...]

21 06/11

EPA Proposes 2012 Renewable Fuel Standards

link to source Contact Information: EPA Press Office Cathy Milbourn Milbourn.cathy@epa.gov 202-420-8648 202-564-4355 WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed the 2012 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). EPA continues to support greater use of renewable fuels within the transportation sector [...]