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Why This Matters: Biofuels are now made mostly from corn – but the corn is grown in the Midwest where fertilizers and nitrogen injected into the soil are contributing to the algal dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico and other waterways. If we could use these algae to replace some of the biofuels made from corn that would have a double environmental benefit.
Biofuels of the Future
Biofuels became economically viable in 2005, according to Kassinger, when fossil fuel prices rose to more than $150 per barrel.
Former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus required the Navy to develop an algae-based biofuel alternative for a Navy demonstration project to reduce the fuel costs born by the fleet’s planes and ships.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new UN report suggests that plastic pollution isn’t just a threat to marine life — it’s also an issue of environmental justice. The report, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, highlights that poor nations and communities around the world disproportionately suffer the effects of plastic waste. This […]
President Biden’s new infrastructure plan contains something surprising — funding for “construction” projects to remove highways. Why? Because for decades, Black communities in cities across the U.S. have been cut off and/or divided by highways and major roads that were built without regard to their impact on those neighborhoods.
Why This Matters: Highways built in the 50s and 60s often came at the expense of communities of color. Their impact enforced segregation, disrupt thriving communities, and distanced Black people from city resources and job opportunities.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer European Union countries like Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden have been sending millions of tons of trash to be burned in “waste to energy” incinerators. But because of the incinerators’ CO2 emissions and health impacts, the bloc is starting to cut off funding for new plants. This change “comes […]
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