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California carbon auction brings in $1 billion! And protects forests

California carbon auction brings in $1 billion! And protects forests

California raked in $1 billion in first cap-and-trade auction of the year, and since they take place every quarter, it can look forward to raising about $4 billion this year.

December’s auction brought in $400 million, so why so much more now? As of January 1, transportation fuels are included in the program.

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Biomass plants gaining steam, but do they result in less carbon?

Biomass plants gaining steam, but do they result in less carbon?

With the Obama administration hammering out its Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions, the biomass industry is positioning itself as a leader in the renewable energy world. With that, a major U.S. utility has struck a deal with other mega-electricity consumers to provide all of their biomass-produced power.

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Researcher links Ebola to forests

Researcher links Ebola to forests

A University of Minnesota researcher’s recent work may have found a link between deforestation and the ongoing Ebola epidemic. As large corporations have spent the past two decades cutting down large forested areas in West Africa to make room for plantations, displaced bats — some of which can carry Ebola — have begun moving to those plantations.

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Woody biomass - Something old, something new

Woody biomass – Something old, something new

It was the late 1970s and Washington Water Power’s crystal ball suggested that the company should beef up its energy portfolio with renewable sources beyond hydropower. Meanwhile Pacific Northwest lumber mills knew that the Clean Air Act was about to shut down those familiar teepee burners because of tighter air quality regulations.

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