Green-tech news harvest: Turning CO2 to stone, health problems with Priuses?
Senate hears from ethanol experts; new microbes for biofuels; a profile of Masdar City; scientists look to liquify and petrify CO2 for storage; the lowdown on carbon trading;
A sampling of green-tech news.
- The Ethanol Industrial Complex--Forbes.com
A snapshot of Senate hearings this week on the impact that U.S. government mandates for ethanol are having on corn prices. This article points out that even if mandates were loosened, high oil prices would keep corn ethanol demand strong.
- The Clean Energy Scam--TIME
Time magazine declares biofuels a scam, listing the many problems with biofuels including deforestation in Brazil.
- New Source for Biofuels Discovered--Renewable Energy World
University of Texas researchers create a microbe that can produce ethanol and other biofuels. Can a licensing deal and venture-backed start-up be far behind?
- Building the Zero-Emissions City--Technology Review
More coverage of Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi to build a sustainable city with recycled water and renewable energy.
- Petrify, liquefy: new ways to bury greenhouse gas--Environmental News Network via Reuters
Here's a new one: Scientists will test whether they can get stone to absorb thousands of tons of CO2. It's an alternative to carbon sequestration in underground caverns, which could leak.
- Carbon Markets: Booming but Vulnerable, World Bank Says--Environmental Capital (WSJ.com)
The WSJ gives the good news/bad news on carbon markets. Yes, the volume of carbon trading is going up, but as carbon-cutting projects face more scrutiny, the UN is getting overwhelmed. Also, there's no long-term plan post-Kyoto.
- Fear, but Few Facts, on Hybrid Risk--The New York Times
Who saw this coming? An article covers concerns over electromagnetic waves from hybrid cars, but thus far, there's no conclusive evidence on the potential problems.