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LNG investors increasingly concerned about security and climate change – E&T Magazine

A new report suggests investors are increasingly nervous about new LNG investments, with delayed investment decisions driven by security problems and aversion to the risks associated with global warming. The report by Global Energy Monitor (GEM) suggests that more than one-third…

Engineered yeast could expand biofuels’ reach

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT researchers found a way to reduce cellulosic feedstocks’ toxicity to yeast, making it feasible to use these abundant feedstocks to produce ethanol, biodiesel, or bioplastics.

Global warming below 1.7°C is ‘not plausible’, reveals our study of the social drivers of decarbonisation – The Conversation UK

If you read the scientific literature, there seem to be countless pathways and scenarios that might lead us to global deep decarbonisation by 2050, allowing us to meet the 1.5°C target. “It’s still possible,” is the message, “if only we…

How can aviation reduce its impact on global warming? – World Economic Forum

A new study has shown that alternative fuels to the kerosene that aeroplanes often burn could help reduce the impact of aviation on global warming. The study found that sustainable fuel can lower aviation’s CO₂ output and also its production…

A ‘bio-refinery’: using the chemistry of willow trees to treat municipal wastewater

(University of Montreal) Millions of litres of primary municipal wastewater can be treated sustainably using fast-growing willow trees while also producing renewable bioenergy and ‘green’ chemicals, researchers find.

Sweet sorghum: Sweet promise for the environment

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Sweet sorghum can be used to produce biogas, biofuels, and novel polymers. In addition, it can help replace phosphate fertilizers. A new sweet sorghum variety developed at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) accumulates particularly high amounts of sugar and thrives under local conditions. The scientists report that sugar transport and sugar accumulation are related to the structure of plant vessels. This was the result of a comparison between sweet and grain sorghums.

Even without new fossil fuel projects, global warming will still exceed 1.5℃. But renewables might make it possible – The Conversation AU

The International Energy Agency (IEA) last month made global headlines when it declared there is no room for new fossil fuel investment if we’re to avoid catastrophic climate change. However, our new research suggests the horse may have already bolted….

Turning a corner on addressing climate change — but is it enough? – The Seattle Times

I don’t mean to rain emissions on the parade of good climate-crisis news, but all is not as it appears. The big news stateside was ExxonMobil shareholders voting, against management, to seat at least three directors nominated by a small…

Nations Must Drop Fossil Fuels, Fast, World Energy Body Warns – The New York Times

The unevenness in global action comes even as scientists warn that the damages from rising temperatures are already reverberating around the globe. A report by the Environmental Protection Agency published last week found that in the United States, wildfires are…

Environmental concerns propel research into marine biofuels

(DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory) A global effort to reduce sulfur and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships has researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other Department of Energy facilities investigating the potential use of marine biofuels.

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