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Our favorite stories for the week of July 6th

We’re at the end of another work week, so take a break and check out EV’s picks for the week’s best news stories, and articles!

Study: Low-carbon biofuels will be necessary to meet 80% GHG reduction target– A study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University has concluded that even with a relatively high rate of electrification of the US light-duty fleet (40% of vehicle miles traveled and 26% by fuel), an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 relative to 1990 levels can only be achieved with significant quantities of low-carbon biofuels. The paper is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Check out the findings here


Sacramento Bee Op-Ed: Biofuels can be a bigger part of green energy– Written by Johannes Escudero of the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Tim Cremins of the California-Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers, and Jose Mejia of the State Council of Laborers, this Op-Ed discusses the benefits of sustainably increasing biofuel production in California.

State lawmakers have a golden opportunity to correct this unfortunate paradox by negotiating a follow-up budget provision that invests some of the state’s cap-and-trade revenues in California-produced biofuels. Without impacting the general fund, such a move would cut air pollution, combat climate change, treat our petroleum addiction, improve public health and create green jobs in California’s economically depressed inland communities. Read more of the Op-Ed here
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks June 15 in Los Angeles about wanting California's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to be a model when world leaders try to negotiate a global agreement to combat climate change. Matt Hartman- The Associated Press
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks June 15 in Los Angeles about wanting California’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to be a model when world leaders try to negotiate a global agreement to combat climate change. Matt Hartman– The Associated Press

 

Campaign to cut supermarket food waste reaches European parliament– A French councillor’s campaign to stamp out food waste by forcing supermarkets to give unwanted items to charity will reach the European level on Wednesday.

Arash Derambarsh, who has already persuaded the French government to pass a law barring shops from destroying food as it approaches its sell-by date, hopes the European parliament will now include an amendment in a new “circular economy” directive, encouraging individual member states to follow suit. Read more

Arash Derambarsh, centre, began his drive to fight food waste and food poverty in Courbevoie, north-west of Paris. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP
Arash Derambarsh, centre, began his drive to fight food waste and food poverty in Courbevoie, north-west of Paris.
Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP 

 

Biodegradable disposable plates are made from food waste– Designers have come up with a variety of solutions, creating disposable tableware from plant-based materials, dough or even orange peels. Tackling the issue of food waste and disposables simultaneously, Michela Milani and Italian design company WhoMade created Foodscapes, a collection of biodegradable tableware made out of food scraps. See how food waste comes full circle here

© WhoMade & Michela Milani
© WhoMade & Michela Milani 

 

Technical solutions alone can’t fix climate change- scientists– Dealing with climate change and its risks will require not only technical responses like drought-resilient crops and higher sea walls but also reshaping economic and political incentives that are driving global warming, scientists said on Wednesday. Read more to see what genuine  solutions would have to involve.

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