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Cellulosic ethanol suffers in down economy

DesMoines Register, 25 March 2009

The economic downturn that has slowed the ethanol industry also is putting the brakes on the next generation of biofuels. Making ethanol from plant cellulose – such as crop residue and wood chips – could help reduce the nation's use of gasoline. Refiners are required by law next year to start using at least 100 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol. But industry officials acknowledge they will not come close to providing enough of th

Money to scrap car bombs not fuel efficient, RACQ says

ABC News, 24 March 2009

The RACQ says giving people money to scrap their old cars will not necessarily reduce fuel consumption or greenhouse gas emissions.

Airlines forecast 2009 losses at $6.6b

The Age, 24 March 2009

The airline industry association IATA on Tuesday sharply increased its loss forecast for carriers to $US4.7 billion ($A6.67 billion) this year due to a "rapid deterioration of the global economic conditions."

LNG looks good as oil prices continue to fall

The Australian, 23 March 2009

FALLING oil prices are raising interest in Australia's liquefied natural gas sector as oil majors look to boost vital reserves they can no longer secure in areas like Canada's oil sands. Despite the steep drop in global energy prices over the past nine months, Queensland's coal seam gas sector has been strong as global and local Gladstone LNG proponents jostle for the state's reserves.

Who Protects The Internet?

PopSci, 14 March 2009

For the past five years, John Rennie has braved the towering waves of the North Atlantic Ocean to keep your e-mail coming to you. As chief submersible engineer aboard the Wave Sentinel, part of the fleet operated by U.K.-based undersea installation and maintenance firm Global Marine Systems, Rennie–a congenial, 6'4", 57-year-old Scotsman–patrols the seas, dispatching a remotely operated submarine deep below the surface to repair un

[US] EPA Raises Heat on Emissions Debate

Wall St Journal, 24 March 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency has sent the White House a proposed finding that carbon dioxide is a danger to public health, a step that could trigger a clampdown on emissions of greenhouse gases across a wide swath of the economy.

Perfect storm of environmental and economic collapse closer than you think

The Guardian, 23 March 2009

A "perfect storm" of food shortages, scarce water and high-cost energy will hit the global economy before 2030, said the government's chief scientific adviser, John Beddington, last week. Factor in accelerating

Industry’s Big Hope for Small Cars Fades

Wall St Journal, 23 March 2009

Last summer, when gas cost $4 a gallon, buyers snapped up small cars so fast that dealers couldn't keep them in stock. Now, with gas prices half that level, almost 500,000 fuel-thrifty models are piled up unsold around the [US] country.

Peddling priority

The Age, 24 March 2009

IN 1993, when VicRoads was developing its first guidelines for how to build bike lanes on Melbourne's roads, cycling to work was a marginal activity. According to Bicycle Victoria, as few as six roads engineers ride to work at VicRoads' offices in Denmark Street, Kew. Today, VicRoads is upgrading its bike storage facilities so that 50 can ride.

Sweden Says No to Saving Saab

New York Times, 22 March 2009

Saab Automobile may be just another crisis-ridden car company in an industry full of them. But just as the fortunes of Flint, Mich., are permanently entangled with