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The current debate over biofuels produced from food crops has pinned a lot of hope on “2nd-generation biofuels” produced from crop and forest residues and from non-food energy crops. This IEA report, produced jointly with IEA Bioenergy, examines the current state-of-the-art and the challenges for 2nd-generation biofuel technologies. It evaluates their costs and considers policies to support their development and deployment.

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Scrubbing CO2 Cheaply

A new process for scrubbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from power-plant exhaust gases could make carbon capture a more affordable option for the energy industry. The process, which is to be tested in Germany this summer, promises to remove up to 90 percent of CO2 from flue gases while using far less energy than other methods.

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Knowing when, where and how hard the winds will blow is one of the largest obstacles for the wind generation industry, and that knowledge only grows more important as more utilities expand their wind portfolios.

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The launch of NASA’s first spacecraft dedicated to the study of carbon dioxide is slated for Feb. 24.

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Improving residential energy efficiency has been rated as one of the best ways to combat climate change in a new report.

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Recent years have seen an increase in record-setting events related to climate change. For example, 2005 was the warmest year globally in more than a century, and in 2007, Arctic sea ice retreated more than in any other time in recorded history.

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China wants US help rather than complaints on climate change, and could be finding a receptive audience as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton readies to visit Beijing.

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