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A Better Way to Probe Peat

a depressional wetland in the disney wilderness preserve in florida
A depressional wetland in the Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida, in September 2016. Credit: William Wright

Florida scientists use ground-penetrating radar to image underground carbon stores in the Disney Wilderness Preserve

January 10, 2018 — Millions of years before it can turn into coal, dead and decaying organic matter exists as a dark, spongy, carbon-rich material called peat. When layers of peat become saturated Continue reading A Better Way to Probe Peat

Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns

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Demand for food-based biofuels, such as palm oil, can drive rainforest destruction, the report emphasises. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Royal Academy of Engineering report backs increased use of biofuels but says more should come from waste rather than food crops

July 14, 2017 — Biofuel use needs to increase to help fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government. Continue reading Biofuels needed but some more polluting than fossil fuels, report warns