World / Science & Health Mar 27, 2020

Burning wood can be a clean source of power after all

Burning large amounts of wood from forests can cut greenhouse gas pollution — but only alongside policies that encourage new trees to quickly absorb carbon dioxide. That is the conclusion of new research published in Science Advances, which seeks to counter the prevailing view that ...

Trump's biofuel plan sparks anger in farm country

Business Mar 7, 2020

Trump's biofuel plan sparks anger in farm country

President Donald Trump's decision to defend the U.S. government's power to broadly exempt oil refineries from biofuel-blending requirements is triggering a backlash in Iowa and other states that are top producers of ethanol and the corn used to make it. Nine biofuel and agriculture advocacy ...

Asia Pacific Aug 20, 2016

U.S. Navy's 'Green Fleet' may tap Australian biofuel

The U.S. may accept Australia's offer to supply biofuel for its Asia-Pacific fleet, advancing the U.S. Navy's goal of getting half its power from renewables by 2020. The premier of Australia's northeastern state of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, signed a cooperation agreement to explore the research, ...

Hurdles mar Japan's renewable energy equation

Business Jul 22, 2016

Hurdles mar Japan's renewable energy equation

by Jarni Blakkarly

At Yamakura Dam, 45 km southeast of Tokyo, construction workers are screwing together a 51,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of floating solar panels. When completed, it will be one of the world's largest floating solar projects. Roughly 30 percent of the work on the project in Chiba ...

Editorials Oct 31, 2015

Review of feed-in tariff system

Besides boosting the use of renewable energy, the government's review of the feed-in tariff system should also correct the overreliance on solar power among the various forms of alternative sources.

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

Science & Health Jul 8, 2015

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

by Yuko Takeo

The future of Japan's biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that's swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island. That's what Mitsuru Izumo and his company Euglena Co. are counting on anyway. After 10 years developing the algae as ...