Archive for December 2009

The main logjam (there are others) in terms of the viability of getting fuel from algae lies with separating the hydrocarbons (lipids, or fats) from the rest of the green mix, which is largely water. I’ve spent a fair amount of time looking at how to dewater sludges, and it’s a difficult process because the […]

I’ve had some response to my post expressing some skepticism about the viability of oil from algae. One reader suggested the cost of fuel from the process is in the range of $1.50 a gallon. Of course, if that were true, we’d likely see a lot of algae farms out there. In fact, because of […]

Today’s headlines and stories about the latest Somali piracy don’t get into the issue, unfortunately. As detailed by Project Censored in its article, “Toxic Waste Behind Somoli Pirates”: The international community has come out in force to condemn and declare war on the Somali fishermen pirates, while discreetly protecting the illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) […]

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection recently released an important impact assessment report on environmental consequences of Marcellus shale drilling activities. This report and the City’s comments on the State of New York’s dSGEIS are described in a press release by the NY City DEP, entitled “Department of Environmental Protection Calls for Prohibition […]

I’m skeptical about the viability of growing algae to produce fuel. It does not seem there’s a lot of biofuel to be gleaned by the process, and the process is far from economically viable. In the end, there’s the thorny problem of separating the oil from the algae, meaning primarily that there’s a lot of […]

I had not heard of the Equator Principles, which are discussed in an article in the Malaysian Insider:

The Daily Mail has an article, “Chinese hackers linked to ‘Warmergate’ climate change leaked emails controversy,” beginning:

As reported in the Daily Telegraph The crew of the Sea Shepherd conservation group’s second vessel, the futuristic 90km/h trimaran the Ady Gill, have used a laser called a photonic disruptor to try to blind the crew of a Japanese security ship. … “The Ady Gil is painted with radar deflective paint and is an […]

AP (here, at the Billings Gazette) has an article reviewing research on African clawed frog tadpoles modified with jellyfish genes show promise as a faster and less expensive way to detect pollution than traditional methods, say a University of Wyoming professor and researchers in France. No doubt some people will be concerned about monkeying around […]