(February 9, 2011)
While the President begins an exciting new approach to jumpstarting the American Economy by investing in clean energy, health care technology, and education, this blog looks at a important missing link. Creating resilient wildlands in the natural green infrastructure is critical step in building an overall resilience in a green energy economy, yet the current plan places little emphasis on it.
(February 10, 2011)
Yale Environment 360
The burning of biomass has been touted as a renewable, carbon-neutral way to produce energy; this report takes a close look at that claim, examining the time frame and steps necessary for neutrality to be achieved.
(February 14, 2011)
In a 2/14 news release, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber has announced a new grant opportunity program: the Oregon Forest Products Energy Project. This project is a collaborative effort between Oregon Department of Energy, Business Oregon, Oregon Department of Forestry and Energy Trust of Oregon. The project is meant to promote efficient use of biomass for renewable energy production while strengthening businesses, promoting forest health, and creating jobs. Existing local forest product companies in Oregon can compete for these grants to evaluate the feasibility of using biomass for renewable energy production in Oregon’s forest products industry.
(February 4, 2011)
National Sustainable Agriculture Association
The Union of Concerned Scientists have released a report on the climate impact of the US beef industry titled “Raising the Steaks: Global Warming and Pasture-Raised Beef Production in the U.S.”. According to the National Sustainable Agriculture Association “Beef cattle and stored cattle manure are responsible for eighteen percent of US methane emissions, which has 23 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide emissions.” Beef also produce nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide. The UCS makes policy recommendations to help beef producers make more climate-friendly choices. The report, along with a discussion and further introduction can be downloaded from the Union of Concerned Scientists webpage, or connect directly here: