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Sep 2006 contains 11 News Articles.

Glue from ethanol leftovers may be worth more than the fuel itself
GreenBiz.com - 29 Sep 2006
Rather than dwelling on finding ways to squeeze extra ethanol out of biomass from crops such as switchgrass, Weimer is concentrating his research on the leftovers. He thinks that the large heap of fermentation residue from the ethanol-making process - what many people consider a byproduct - could be far more valuable than the ethanol itself.

Oklahoma prairie grass could help transition to ethanol
KTEN.com - 24 Sep 2006
State energy officials say that a prairie grass that naturally grows in Oklahoma could be a boon for the state because of ethanol's emergence as a substitute for gasoline.

Education, passion at root of urban forestry club's goals
The Journal Gazette - 23 Sep 2006
A new local non-profit group called Trees Indiana, which runs the TreeKeepers, will give the kids 'tools, knowledge and passion' to help them become community stewards and leaders as they get older.

Time to move the Mississippi, experts say
New York Times - 19 Sep 2006
The diversion proposal was recommended by a panel of dozens of scientists and engineers from all over the world invited to Louisiana to view the state’s marshy coast and to envision its future, said Denise J. Reed, a coastal geologist at the University of New Orleans who organized the meeting. A diversion would send the river’s richly muddy water into marshes or shallow-water areas where, Dr. Reed said, “the natural processes of waves, coastal currents and even storms can rework that sediment and bring it up and bring it into the coast.”

Biofuels look to the next generation
BBC News - 18 Sep 2006
Biofuels are being hailed by politicians around the globe as a salvation from the twin evils of high oil prices and climate change.

Study says renewables becoming cost-competitive in U.S.
GreenBiz.com - 18 Sep 2006
Many of the new technologies that harness renewables are, or soon will be, economically competitive with fossil fuels. Dynamic growth rates are driving down costs and spurring rapid advances in technologies.

Bioenergy offers increasing economic opportunities for rural communities
Texas A&M University - 18 Sep 2006
The bio-based economy is one of the greatest opportunities rural Texas has to cash in on a national trend, said Bryan Daniel, U.S. Department of Agriculture state director of rural development. In the last three years, biodiesel production has increased fourfold, to 91 million gallons, and is expected to continue to increase fourfold again in the next year, Daniel said. He was in Amarillo for the "Revitalizing Our Rural Economy - Phase II" meeting.

Dallas launches survey of city's trees
The Dallas Morning News - 17 Sep 2006
In December, the City Council created the Urban Forest Advisory committee. In August, it hired Walter Passmore as the city's first urban forester. Now, the advisory committee is raising funds for a major initiative: an inventory of all city trees, public and private. The tree census, expected to start in January, could cost up to $1 million.

Help save N.C. forests
The Charlotte Observer, NC - 15 Sep 2006
The loss of private forests means declines in animal habitat, biodiversity and forested buffers that absorb pollution, retain moisture and provide ground cover. For all these problems, however, the state still has healthy forests -- with an overwhelming majority still in private hands. With 600,000 landowners making decisions about how these private forests are used, it's in the interests of the state and its people to adopt policies that encourage healthy private lands.

Workshop suggests turning problems into biofuels
Texas A&M University - 1 Sep 2006
The twin problems of too much feedlot manure and too many mesquite trees could be solved by converting them into renewable bioenergy products, Texas A&M University System agricultural researchers, engineers and commercialization experts suggested Friday.

First evidence that wildlife corridors boost biodiversity
National Geographic - 1 Sep 2006
Conservation corridors are a boon for plant diversity, according to a new study that researchers say proves a widely practiced but still controversial theory.