More electricity is generated in Georgia from biomass than in any state except California

Biomass may not be electricity fuel king in Georgia, but the state definitely is peachy keen on the resource.

Last year, the state generated 5 million MWh (or 5 GWh) of electricity from biomass, according to a Tuesday report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This is about 10 percent of the nation’s biomass-fired total and more than any other state except California.

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The US electric power sector is halfway to zero carbon emissions

Renewable energy’s rapid growth is accelerating a national shift to a carbon-free electric power system.

So far 17 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have adopted laws or executive orders setting goals for reaching 100% clean electricity by 2050 or sooner. And 46 U.S. utilities have pledged to go carbon-free. Now the Biden administration and some members of Congress are proposing to decarbonize the power sector by 2035.

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How a desert became a carbon sink zone

When we think about the deserts of the world, water abundance is one of the last things that come to mind. But that might change for the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China.

While studying the amount of carbon dioxide in the desert’s air, a team of researchers was surprised to learn that large amounts of the greenhouse gas were disappearing around a region of the desert called the Tarim basin.

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How to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030

  • Canada is one of 55 countries planning to conserve 30% of its land and water by 2030, to stem the negative effects of climate change.
  • The goal comes from the High Ambition Coalition for People and Nature, a United Nations initiative.
  • Despite challenges, new conservation approaches have potential to conserve threatened species and ecosystem services, writes an expert.

Canada has an extensive system of protected areas that, when added together, would cover an area slightly larger than Ontario. That’s larger than France and Spain combined, and more than three times the size of Germany.

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Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop Summary Report

The Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop, coordinated by the Bioenergy Technologies Office, gathered experts in the fields of waste management, solid materials handling, and biofuel and bioproduct development and production to give presentations.

The workshop explored the potential of using the various components of the municipal solid waste stream (i.e., yard waste, unrecycled paper, food waste, and plastics) to produce feedstock for fuels, chemicals, and products. This document provides an overview of the presentations and breakout session discussions.

Download the workshop report summary.

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