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[ Production Begins at Second U.S. Cellulosic Biofuel Facility ]

You don’t often hear Kansas and Spain mentioned in the same sentence. Yet today Spanish company Abengoa is bringing another big cellulosic biofuel facility online in Hugoton, a small community in the Southwest corner of the state. This is the second big plant starting up this year, showing that after some predictable yet highly scrutinized delays, the cellulosic fuel industry is truly beginning to establish itself and making critical contributions to oil savings and climate goals.

It wasn’t long ago that cellulosic biofuels were the punchline of a joke: a phantom fuel that could not be economically produced in large volumes.…

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[ New Gas Plant Venture Aims at Carbon Capture From a Different Angle ]

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is often promoted as a way for coal power to be made “clean”: Projects such as the in-progress Kemper power plant in Mississippi and the recently announced Petra Nova project in Texas aim to trap the carbon dioxide from burning coal and then store it into underground storage or into previously depleted wells to extract more oil. (See related story: “Clean Coal Test: Power Plants Prepare to Capture Carbon.”)

CCS is being applied to natural gas-fired electricity as well (just today a new effort in Scotland was announced), and a new project in the U.S.…

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[ Wilderness Society Honors Author Cheryl Strayed with Inspiration Award ]

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Strayed will receive the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award, which recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

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[ The Wilderness Society honors “Wild” author Cheryl Strayed ]

At an Oct. 16 celebration of the 50-year milestone of the Wilderness Act, The Wilderness Society presented the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award to Cheryl Strayed. The award recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

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[ Your Pants Might Charge Your Phone One Day, Suggests New Tiny-Generator Study ]

Billing the breakthrough as the “world’s smallest electric generator,” scientists have found a way to translate kinetic energy into power using a material no thicker than a layer of atoms.  Researchers imagine that the bendable, stretchable material could be woven into clothing that might power body sensors, medical devices, or a phone in your pocket. The research is detailed in a paper from Columbia Engineering and Georgia Institute of Technology published in Nature.

The development operates using the principle of piezoelectricity, or the production of energy from expanding or squeezing a substance.…

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Re-Tree WNY Green Goal

Established to reforest the Buffalo metro after the October 2006 devastating “surprise” snowstorm, Re-Tree WNY has planted almost 24,000 of their 30,000 tree goal.  Moneys received for The Green Goal fundraising efforts go entirely to purchase trees and supplies for the all-volunteer force to help “Keep Western New York Beautiful”.  Tax-deductible donations accepted on-line at www.greengoalwny.org or mail to Re-Tree WNY Green Goal, P.O. Box 347, Tonawanda, NY 14151.  Visit www.re-treewny.org for more information.