Catholic Church Becomes Vocal on Climate Change

Joanna Schroeder

The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) is still 200 days away but organizations are not waiting until the event gets closer to encourage countries to step up their climate change actions and policies. One such organization is the Catholic Church, representing 1.1 billion globally practicing the faith. Recently Pope Francis endorsed a Catholic petition calling for bold climate …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, global warming, International

FIFA World Cup to Feature Biofuels & Solar

Joanna Schroeder

The FIFA World Cup 2014 is underway in Brazil and this year’s event features several renewable energy and sustainable measures never before seen during the event. Sugar Cane Industry Association (UNICA) is supplying the governing body of the football fleet (known as soccer to those living in the U.S.) with ethanol. Flex-fuel cars from Hyundai, Model HB20 Edition FIFA World …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, Education, Environment, Ethanol, global warming, International, Renewable Energy, Solar, UNICA

Argonne Scientists Blast EWG Corn Ethanol GHG Report

Joanna Schroeder

A recent Environmental Work Group corn ethanol greenhouse gas report has caused lifecycle analysis experts and economist from Argonne National Laboratory and three universities to lash out and what they call “erroneous conclusions”. The experts issued a scathing 13-page response to EWG’s May report titled “Ethanol’s Broken Promise.” EWG “confused parameters” and “misunderstood” previous modeling results, according to experts from …

biofuels, corn, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, global warming, Indirect Land Use

Concern Over Environment Drops in US

Joanna Schroeder

According to the most recent article in Gallup’s Climate Crisis series, over the past year concern over the environment among Americans has dropped. Today, one in four respondents of a recent poll say they are “solidly skeptical” of global warming. The poll found Americans are clustered into three global warming groups. “Concerned Believers” comprise 39 percent and attribute global warming …

Climate Change, Environment, global warming

USDA Releases Climate Change & Ag Study

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released a comprehensive report that synthesize the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture. The report, “Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation,” was created a an input to the National Climate Assessment with scientists from the federal service, universities, non-governmental organizations, industry, tribal …

Agribusiness, Climate Change, global warming, National Biodiesel Conference

Chasing Methane Advocates at Iowa Capitol

Joanna Schroeder

There is no age requirement to be an advocate for the environment. During the recent Iowa Wind Energy Day, five young advocates from Chasing Methane, ranging in age from 11 to 13, came to the Iowa Capitol to encourage people to support food waste composting. Why? As Joey Titus, a 7th grader at Southeast Junior High in Iowa City, Iowa …

Audio, biomethane, Climate Change, Environment, global warming

Third National Climate Assessment Released

Joanna Schroeder

A draft of the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) has been released by the Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC).  The committee says this is the most peer-reviewed analysis of climate change impacts on the United States. The assessment was written by 240 scientists and other experts from academia; local, state, and federal government; business; and the non‐profit sector. The …

Carbon Dioxide, Environment, global warming

Movie Review – Chasing Ice

Joanna Schroeder

I spent the weekend in the Twin Cities attending several environmental events. The first event was a screening of the documentary Chasing Ice, produced by environmental photographer James Balog who founded Extreme Ice Survey. It is hard for me to put my emotions into words after watching this moving. It was simultaneously incredibly beautiful and yet horrific. Beautiful in that …

Climate Change, Education, Environment, global warming, Movie Review, Video

World Energy Trilemma Report Released at Doha

Joanna Schroeder

According to the World Energy Council (WEC), the world is far away from achieving environmentally sustainable energy systems. According to the organization’s global ranking of country energy sustainability performance, over 90 countries assessed are still far from achieving fully sustainable energy systems. The 2012 Energy Sustainability Index, published within the WEC’s 2012 World Energy Trilemma report, “Time to get real …

Alternative energy, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change, Environment, global warming