From the Experts
A new, landmark study proves that biodiesel could decrease premature deaths, reduce cancer risk, and alleviate respiratory illness and asthma complications for thousands of Americans. The study, from Trinity Consultants, quantifies how switching to biodiesel can result in significant benefits at the neighborhood and census tract level, making immediate impacts in the backyards of many Americans today.
Climate experts agree that time is of the essence. We must make "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes" by 2030 to limit global warming, or the results could be irreversible, according to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It's no surprise that the transportation sector plays a large role in making those changes.
In solving a puzzle, sometimes it's the smallest pieces that can help complete the big picture. In the climate change puzzle, a once-underappreciated plant called pennycress just may prove itself a beneficial piece. As a plant that has spent most of its evolutionary history as a weed, pennycress is gaining new interest as an oilseed crop that can help us piece together solutions to many environmental challenges.
Any vehicle owner or fleet operator who experiences freezing temperatures can tell you that winter weather can have an impact on the performance of a vehicle. Properly managed, high quality biodiesel blends are successful in the coldest of climates.
From exciting feedstock research to the comparative cost of carbon reduction strategies, biodiesel research and outreach projects are on the rise at universities and colleges around the country.