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Simple RNA tweak boosts potato and rice yields by 50 percent

"...Food security is a major potential problem, especially in the face of climate change. Now, researchers have shown that manipulating RNA in plants can drastically boost the amount of food they produce, and make them more resistant to drought conditions. At its most base level, the team inserted a single gene called FTO into potato and rice plants..."

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Scientists come up with new method for simultaneous processing of different types of waste

"...An international research team has come up with an innovative method for metal recovery from industrial waste. The new method allows the simultaneous recovery of multiple metals from waste oxides in a single process. This novel route will lower the burden on waste storage facilities with significant contributions to the economic and environmental sustainability of industrial waste management..."

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California's carbon mitigation efforts may be thwarted by climate change itself

"...IMAGE: Redwood forests such as this one in California's Humboldt County are key components of the state's climate change mitigation efforts, but UCI researchers suggest that ongoing greenhouse gas emissions may. ..."

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A new model of coral reef health

"...She found that there were only a few major factors that drove variations in the health of the coral reef community. Fish biomass was primarily driven by biophysical drivers such as water temperature. In contrast, the algal cover was driven mainly by anthropogenic factors, with significantly less macroalgae in places with more terrestrial and marine protected areas..."

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Extraordinary carbon emissions from El Nino-induced biomass burning estimated using Japanese aircraft and shipboard observations

"..."Our analysis is the first study that used in-situ high-precision observations for estimating the fire-induced emissions from Equatorial Asia for 2015, which contributes to improving our understanding of biomass burning in this region. It is considered that biomass burning here is dominated by fires in peatland, which has a remarkably high carbon density. Because Equatorial Asia has a significant amount of peatland, the region has a distinct role in the global carbon cycle despite its small terrestrial coverage", Yosuke Niwa (NIES & MRI), the leading author of the study, said..."

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World-first CRISPR-edited sugarcane helps reduce environmental impact

"...Sugarcane is an important food crop, but it’s large environmental impact means there’s plenty of room for improvement. Unfortunately it’s tricky and time-consuming to breed new varieties, but now researchers have used CRISPR gene-editing to do so quickly and more easily. Sugarcane is a key source of sugar, obviously, but that’s not its only product – the oil in the leaves and stems is often used to make bioethanol for greener fuels and plastics..."

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Baylor study evaluates biodiversity impacts of alternative energy strategies

"...WACO, Texas (July 13, 2021) - Climate change mitigation efforts have led to shifts from fossil-fuel dependence to large-scale renewable energy. However, renewable energy sources require significant land and could come at a cost to ecosystems. A new study led by Ryan McManamay, Ph..."

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Nelson scraps plan to heat buildings with wood waste

"...The energy produced by a city biomass project, Spencer said, could end up costing more than the natural gas it was intended to replace. And he said the net amount of greenhouse gas reduction might be less than expected and may not justify the project cost estimates..."

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Rise in Southeast Asia forest clearance increasing greenhouse gases

"..."The loss of forests at higher elevations in mountain regions of southeast Asia over the last 20 years is therefore of major concern, particularly given that these regions are also concentrated zones of sensitive species and where carbon stocks are high. "This research shows the value of high resolution satellite data for detecting change, and also highlights that the international community needs to continue to work hard to support forest conservation and carbon management. " The research was led by Associate Professor Zhenzhong Zeng at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China..."

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Sweet success: CABBI demonstrates first precision breeding of sugarcane with CRISPR-Cas9

"...Sugarcane is one of the most productive plants on Earth, providing 80 percent of the sugar and 30 percent of the bioethanol produced worldwide. Its size and efficient use of water and light give it tremendous potential for the production of renewable value-added bioproducts and biofuels..."

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Many nonprofits, companies report using commercial species in tree planting projects

"..."We found some organizations placed an emphasis on biological diversity and forest restoration in their mission statements. When we looked at the species they reported planting, many organizations reported planting commercial species, with chocolate, mango and teak in the top five," said the study's first author Meredith Martin, assistant professor of forestry and environmental resources at NC State. Martin led the study with researchers from The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit that was also included in the analysis..."

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Global BECCS potential is largely constrained by sustainable irrigation

"...The study was based on simulations with a spatially explicit representation of bioenergy crop plantations and water cycle in an internally consistent model framework. To quantitatively determine the constraints of irrigation water resources, the researchers designed distinct irrigation ways (unlimited irrigation, sustainable irrigation, and no irrigation) with bioenergy crops planted on land scenarios with strict land protections to prevent adverse effects on biodiversity, food production, land degradation, and desertification due to large-scale land conversion..."

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Podcasts

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254b. Could Biomass standards and zones unleash a $31 billion industry?

Duration: 4:00

"...Jordan Solomon of Ecostrat says new standards and special Bioeconomy Development Zones could unleash a $31 billion biomass industry in Canada..."

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254A. Biomass role in future economy

Duration: 4:00

"...PODCAST - This week on CKUA Radio's Green Energy Futures we learn there is 120 million tonnes of mostly waste biomass in Canada just waiting to used to produce biofuels, bioenergy and an assortment of other products..."

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From the vault: Of wheat and peat

Duration: 25:39

"...In this episode, we’ll be learning about a kind of wheat ducks love, not to eat but to hang out. ..."

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Are bioplastics better than regular plastics? (Ask NRCan)

Duration: 12:03

"...Experts Peter Gogolek and Jean-François Levasseur discuss bioplastics, a type of plastic made from renewable biomass sources like vegetable fats and oils, straw, and woodchips..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biomass.

Brooks Mendell - Wood Bioenergy, Supplies, and Timberland Ownership: What We Got Right (and Wrong)

"...In 2012, the Forest History Society published the Issues Series book called Wood for Bioenergy: Forests as a Resource for Biomass and Biofuels, coauthored by Brooks Mendell and Amanda Lang..."

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Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."

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Exploring Ecosystems: Tropical Rainforest Diversity | California Academy of Sciences

"...Fueled by sunlight and rain, rainforests are some of the most diverse energy-rich ecosystems on the planet..."

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Academic Research

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Anaerobic Treatment System: A Sustainable Clean Environment and Future Hope of Renewable Energy Production

"...The chapter concludes that environmental and economic challenges in waste management and energy resource scarcity could be alleviated sufficiently using an anaerobic digestion system..."

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Microalgae consortia cultivation using effluents for bioproduct manufacture

"...The production of microalgal biomass, which is associated with the remediation of effluent, production of biofuels, and by-products of high added value (such as bioethanol, biomethane, biodiesel, biofertilizers, and biochar), has been highlighted among the types of sustainable refineries..."

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Agroforestry trade-offs between biomass provision and aboveground carbon sequestration in the alpine Eisenwurzen region, Austri

"...Mountain agroecosystems deliver essential ecosystem services to society but are prone to climate change as well as socio-economic pressures, making multi-functional land systems increasingly central to sustainable mountain land use policy..."

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A scientometric review of biochar preparation research from 2006 to 2019

"...It is mainly used in soil improvement, water pollutant adsorption, carbon sequestration and emission reduction, and energy storage materials, etc..."

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Waste-to-Energy Technologies Towards Circular Economy: a Systematic Literature Review and Bibliometric Analysis

"...When analysing the author?s keywords, the most cited were ?municipal solid waste?, ?incineration?, ?waste management?, ?gasification?, ?anaerobic digestion?, ?combustion?, ?waste-to-energy?, ?landfill gas?, and ?sustainability?, noting that the studies were directed at economic and sustainable development, as well as circular economy, aiming to mitigate adverse environmental impacts..."

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Woody biomass as a potential feedstock for fermentative gaseous biofuel production

"...Biogas and biohydrogen are compatible gaseous biofuels that can be blended with natural gas for reticulated fuel supply to reduce greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Digestate Application on Two Different Soils: Agricultural Benefit and Risk

"...In the soil with neutral pH, the highest intrinsic amount of organic matter, microbial biomass (MBC), fungi, bacteria and cation exchange capacity were observed; all these properties increased the most over time, in presence of both solid and liquid fractions..."

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Comparative Treatment Efficiency and Fatty Acid Synthesis of Chlorella vulgaris: Immobilization Versus Co-cultivation

"...Microalgal wastewater remediation can achieve both organic matters removal and biodiesel production, leading to economic benefits..."

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Environmental Drivers of Temporal and Spatial Fluctuations of Mesozooplankton Community in Daya Bay, Northern South China Sea

"...The community structure of zooplankton was temporally classified into the warm and cold groups, and spatially into the three groups located in the marine cage-culture area (MCCA), the outflow of nuclear power plants (ONPP) and unpolluted waters (UPW)..."

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Enhancing CO2 utilization by a physical absorption-based technique in microalgae culture

"...Aimed at this problem, six kinds of physical absorption enhancers were investigated to enhance the biological carbon sequestration of microalgae..."

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Vacant lot soil degradation and mowing frequency shape communities of belowground invertebrates and urban spontaneous vegetatio

"...The role of soil quality in supporting urban biodiversity and ecosystem functions is often overlooked when developing sustainable urban planning initiatives..."

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