Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary



About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

Biofuels to Replace Oil
Biofuels to Replace Oil

The biofuel debate — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Putting Farmers First for Biofuel Production
Timothy Singer and Matthew Basinger present key findings and lessons from a survey of jatropha farmers in Koulikoro, Mali. Published April 2011

Interview with Peter Read
In a Newswatch interview, Peter Read discusses the potential of bioenergy and the broader role of the biosphere in controlling the composition of the atmosphere. He also comments on George Monbiot's critique of biomass as a fuel source. Published May 2005

Biomass as an Energy Source
David Hall argues that biomass provides an effective energy substitute for fossil fuels as well as a sink for sequestering carbon. Published September 1998

On the Web

Assessing Biofuels
Assessing Biofuels, from UNEP, recommends new planning and management approaches to balance the beneficial effects of the production of biofuels with their environmental and social consequences. Published 2010

Biofuels to Replace Oil
Video discusses the growth of carbon emissions from transport and the difficulty to find alternatives to the traditional fuels for transport. The European Commission is encouraging the replacement of diesel and petrol by biodiesel and bioethanol - clean, renewable fuels derived from vegetable matter such as rape seed, cereals and sugar beet.

Biofuels Watch
News and resources concerning biofuels and other energy sources.

CleanTechRecruits connects employers with experienced candidates, entry-level college graduates and interns who are interested in cleantech and renewable energy jobs in employment areas such as solar, wind and geothermal energy, biomass, biofuel, clean coal, green construction and hydropower.

Ethanol Across America
Ethanol Across America is a grassroots information network that is committed to advancing the production and use of renewable fuel ethanol through education and outreach.

Spotlight on Biofuels: the Research Challenge
News and views on the biofuels issue from the Science and Development Network.

UNEP Bioenergy Issue Paper Series
The Bioenergy Issue Paper Series, from UNEP, covers various topics related to bioenergy, including land-use change, water, invasive species and stakeholder involvement. Published, 2010 onwards

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015