U.S. Bioenergy Statistics

Society has just begun to tap new renewable sources of energy from agriculture and forestlands on a commercial scale that impacts energy markets. Among these sources are biofuels, a small but important component of current fuel consumption in the U.S. transport sector. In 2012, biofuels accounted for roughly 7.1 percent of total transport fuel consumption, or 13.8 billion gallons, unchanged from the previous year. Ethanol, made mostly from corn starch from kernels, is by far the most significant biofuel in the United States, accounting for 94 percent of all biofuel production in 2012. Most of the remainder is biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oils (chiefly soy oil) as well as animal fats, waste oils, and greases.

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EIA projects U.S. biofuel production to slowly increase through 2050

When the COVID-19 pandemic reached Georgia and healthcare facilities rapidly developed protocols and procedures for providing care in the new era of coronavirus, Emory’s medical students were pulled out of rotations in hospitals and clinics to shelter in place at home. Students were left pondering a world where global pandemics, social and environmental determinants of health, disaster preparedness, and the ability to mitigate risks to exposures are all connected to the health of patients, their families, and their communities. They also needed electives that could be implemented virtually, and soon.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2020-2029

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2020 (AEO2020) projects that U.S. biofuel production will slowly grow through 2050, primarily driven by economic and policy factors. In the Reference case, which reflects current laws and regulations, biofuels production in 2050 is 18% higher than 2019 levels. However, in a side case with higher global crude oil prices, biofuels such as fuel ethanol and biodiesel are increasingly consumed as substitutes for petroleum products, resulting in 55% growth in biofuels production in 2050 in that case.

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Navajo Tech Awarded $4.4M for STEM Education, Rural Networks

(TNS) — Navajo Technical University is the recipient of two grants from the National Science Foundation. One award will sustain a project that focuses on increasing the number of Native American students pursuing degrees in STEM.

That amount is $4 million, and it will benefit the Vision for Excellence at Navajo Technical University in Research and Education in STEM, a project managed through a partnership between NTU and Harvard University through its Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

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Is Global Warming Melting Antarctica's Ice?

Although researchers have known for decades that climate change is causing some ice to melt in Antarctica, the reasons behind these changes have been a hot-button issue in scientific, environmentalist and political circles.

But recent evidence suggests that global warming is behind the meltdown.

"It is very likely that this is a result of global climate change," said Erin Pettit of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "From a number of different data sets, including ice cores, we know that the temperatures in the Antarctic Peninsula and the western half of the Antarctic Continent have been warming over the last several decades faster than in the past.

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