Exxon has long denied plans to move into the biofuel market, but the oil company announced a plan today to invest $600 million in the production of biofuel from algae. As part of the plan, Exxon will partner with Synethetic Genomics, a biotechnology outfit, to develop the fuel.
A top U.K. scientist says the rush to get electric cars on the road is "dangerous." The scientist, Dr. Richard Pike, is head of the Royal Chemistry Society—an important position with a direct line to the media. He says that all of the supposed benefits of electric vehicles are nothing but myths.
It seems like major biofuel breakthroughs are coming down the pipeline every day, but cellulosic ethanol start-up Mascoma's announcement today that it has achieved a breakthrough in consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) is the biggest one in a long while.
Next time you're in a car chase in Hoover, Alabama, the police vehicle tailing you might be powered by wood chips. The town is set to use municipal wood waste as a source for cellulosic ethanol—a feat that the town claims is a first.
Hydrogen's promise as an incredibly useful fuel has long been known. It's light, clean, non-polluting, and not overly difficult to produce. But researchers have recently cracked a new more effective method for producing the gas that's likely to unlock its potential completely.
The automotive industry may be in financial tatters at least in the US, but progress marches on, and the future of cars is going to be alternative fuels, for oil-shortage and environmental reasons. Mercedes-Benz knows this, so it's showing its new BlueZERO cars, featuring three completely different alternative-powered engine options.
Turns out firewood isn't just bad for the environment. There's a straightforward, yet relatively unexplored link between collecting firewood and violence against women. In refugee camps in regions from Sudan and Sri Lanka to Ethiopia and Ecuador, women are often raped, assaulted and even murdered while collecting firewood. Cooking smoke from wood has also been linked to acute respiratory diseases.