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Biofuel processing? Part 2: methanol

As a method of processing biomass into liquid fuel, methanol tends to be less discussed than its more glamorous cousin ethanol. But it is much more efficient, and can accept just about any biological input besides.

Sea World residents feel the burn

Animals on diet and exercise regime

The number one new year's resolution for Americans is to lose weight, which is no surprise considering that 60 million of us are obese. But 16 days into this year, chances are many of us have already traded in our …

Goodell: coal is the enemy of the human race

Word

Let’s all gather round and give Jeff Goodell a rousing huzzah for using his megaphone to spread the righteous message that (say it with me!) coal is the enemy of the human race. Specifically, Goodell, writing in Rolling Stone, covers …

California to reduce carbon from fuels, 2006 hottest year in Lower 48, and more

Read the articles mentioned at the end of the podcast: Flexing His OPECs Haul Out the Halter Tops Frosty the No Man Enemy at the Gates Dude, You’re Gettin’ a Conscience Read the articles mentioned at the end of the …

Craig Venter and his microbes

If you know what we mean

There’s an interesting story in The Atlantic about Craig Venter, the guy who successfully sequenced the human genome (using private capital). Now he’s working on engineering microbes designed specifically to convert biomass directly into ethanol. He also has grander, longer-term …

The 3C Initiative

Big biz gets in line

Eighteen major corporations, including power companies and companies that manufacture power-generation equipment, come together to call for a concerted global plan to fight climate change, built around the following nine principles: A switch-over to a low-emitting economy is a necessity …

Dirty hippie bashing: A case study in six chapters

Listen and learn how the game is played

We’re constantly told that any slip of the tongue or exaggeration on climate science can destroy our credibility. If we ally ourselves with respected scientists like Kerry Emanuel and Tom Wigley who believe there is a strong connection between hurricanes …

Why I love psychology

It gets at what matters

A looong time ago I posted on bringing better psychology research into the climate debate. Others have also posted occasionally about the psychological dimensions of environmental issues (here and here and here). In the last few days there were a …

Mallaby Brown tries to kick the football one more time

Centrist pundits never tire of getting duped by this administration

Despite occasional flashes of insight, Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby is by and large a typical left-leaning beltway pundit, meaning you can reliably expect one of two thoughts from him: "both sides suck and I’m smarter than either" or "I’m …