Navigation Links
New study predicts rising irrigation costs, reduced yields for US corn
Date:6/3/2013

If the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United States stands little to no chance of satisfying its current biofuel goals, according to a new study by Rice University and the University of California at Davis.

The study published online in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology suggests that in 40 years, a hotter planet would cut the yield of corn grown for ethanol in the U.S. by an average of 7 percent while increasing the amount of irrigation necessary by 9 percent.

That could sharply hinder a mandate set by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) that by 2022 the nation derive 15 billion gallons per year of ethanol from corn to blend with conventional motor fuels, according to principal investigator Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of Rice's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Alvarez is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and chair of Rice's Energy and Environment Initiative.

The policy is based on the idea that blending ethanol into gasoline cuts harmful emissions from vehicles and lowers the nation's dependence on foreign oil, he said. But the cost in water may outweigh those concerns.

"Whereas biofuels offer a means to use more renewable energy while decreasing reliance on imported oil, it is important to recognize the tradeoffs," Alvarez said. "One important unintended consequence may be the aggravation of water scarcity by increased irrigation in some regions."

The authors of the new paper have long questioned the United States' support of biofuels as a means to cut vehicle emissions. In a 2010 white paper on U.S. biofuels policy produced by Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, authors including Alvarez and Rice alumna Rosa Dominguez-Faus found "no scientific consensus on the climate-friendly nature of U
'/>"/>

Contact: David Ruth
david@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Circadian rhythms control bodys response to intestinal infections, UCI-led study finds
2. Study: Pedometer program helps motivate participants to sit less, move more
3. Thermal limit for animal life redefined by first lab study of deep-sea vent worms
4. Recovery of Hawaiian green sea turtles still short of historic levels, Stanford-led study suggests
5. Nordic diet lowers cholesterol, study finds
6. Study explores 100 year increase in forestry diseases
7. Reforestation study shows trade-offs between water, carbon and timber
8. UCI study reveals new mechanism for estrogen suppression of liver lipid synthesis
9. Landscapes of Resilience to study how people use nature as a source of recovery
10. Study links chemicals widely found in plastics and processed food to elevated blood pressure in children and teens
11. Study reveals how fishing gear can cause slow death of whales
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/2/2015)... Research and Markets( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/jvft55/next_generation ... Generation Biometrics Market by Application, Technology, Function & Geography ... offering. The next generation biometrics market is ... CAGR of 17.9% between 2015 and 2020 ... market. Safran SA ( France ...
(Date:6/29/2015)... 24, 2015 Research and ... "Latin America Biomedical Sensors Market - Growth, Trends ... The Latin America Biomedical Sensors market is estimated ... 2.04% over the period 2014-2020 The near ... the genetic formulation of each individual. These sensors can ...
(Date:6/25/2015)... -- TAKE Solutions Ltd., a global business technology solutions provider, ... and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its "Method for Optimizing ... Accelerators to reduce the time taken to standardize trial ... the accelerators), thus reducing time to market. ... heart of the patented Clinical Data Standardization Process are ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 2Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 3Latin America Biomedical Sensors Market Report 2015-2020 2TAKE Solutions Awarded Patent By USPTO 2
... German . Much celebration at the ... has approved funding for a long-term research project by Professors ... and Dr. Frank Spinath from Saarland University. They are studying ... 4,000 pairs of twins living in Germany. The name of ...
... to a new study from the Slone Epidemiology Center (SEC) ... age 11 had a greater likelihood of adult-onset asthma compared ... The study, which is published online in ... led by Patricia Coogan, DSc, senior epidemiologist at SEC and ...
... discovered by a Northwestern University professor and now tested ... been shown to alleviate symptoms within hours, have good ... seven days from a single dose. The ... memory -- a very different approach from existing antidepressants. ...
Cached Biology News:German Research Foundation to fund globally unique twin study on social inequality 2Abuse during childhood linked to adult-onset asthma in African-American women 2New antidepressant acts very rapidly and is long lasting 2New antidepressant acts very rapidly and is long lasting 3
(Date:7/2/2015)... 2, 2015 College of DuPage students ... gaining invaluable real-world experiences while serving biophysics internships at ... The students will be working as a part ... at IIT. The internship came about from a ... Physics; Dr. Kathy Finan , Biology; and Dr. ...
(Date:7/1/2015)... ... 2015 , ... It is now possible to separate two common disorders: post-traumatic ... tomography (SPECT) according to researchers from Amen Clinics, UCLA, Thomas Jefferson University, and ... is believed to be the largest brain imaging study ever, will be published on ...
(Date:7/1/2015)... PALO ALTO, Calif. , July 1, 2015 ... company focused on the development of groundbreaking drugs ... sclerosis (ALS), announced today that Robert G. ... Research Center at Sutter Health,s California Pacific Medical ... from The ALS Association for $1.5 million to ...
(Date:7/1/2015)... ... July 01, 2015 , ... Apex Therapeutics announced today that company CEO, ... PA. , The presentation took place on Tuesday, June 16 and provided ... development of APX3330 for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. A copy of the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:COD Students Participate in Prestigious Summer Internships 2Brain Scans Can Tell Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Apart According to New Research by Amen Clinics 2Brain Scans Can Tell Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Apart According to New Research by Amen Clinics 3Brain Scans Can Tell Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury Apart According to New Research by Amen Clinics 4Investigator to Receive $1.5 Million Grant from the ALS Association to Help Fund Confirmatory Phase 2 Study of Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals' NP001 2Investigator to Receive $1.5 Million Grant from the ALS Association to Help Fund Confirmatory Phase 2 Study of Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals' NP001 3Investigator to Receive $1.5 Million Grant from the ALS Association to Help Fund Confirmatory Phase 2 Study of Neuraltus Pharmaceuticals' NP001 4Apex Therapeutics Presented Company Overview at This Year’s BIO International Convention in Philadelphia, PA 2
... Large Well-Known Product and Continues ... of Antibody Therapeutics Pipeline -, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada, ... TSX Venture: IXS;, http://www.ixsbio.com ), a drug development company ... Dynamic Cross Linking,(DXL(TM)) technology, announces the development of a ...
... reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2008.,Revenue ... to $112,000 for,the quarter ended September 30, 2007. Revenue ... compared to $715,000 for the nine months,ended September 30, ... quarter of 2008 were,$17.3 million compared to $19.8 million ...
... Residual Vascular Risk Reduction: The Global Call to Action, ... Initiative:,R3i, KEY FACTS:, Residual Risk Reduction Initiative (R3i) ... unaddressed by current standards of,care in millions of patients with ... Audubon Room, Ritz Carlton Hotel, 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, ...
Cached Biology Technology:InNexus Biotechnology Announces New EGFR Antibody DXL1218 Targeting Colorectal Cancer and Announces $1.25 Million Private Placement 2InNexus Biotechnology Announces New EGFR Antibody DXL1218 Targeting Colorectal Cancer and Announces $1.25 Million Private Placement 3Dendreon Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results 2Dendreon Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results 3Dendreon Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results 4Dendreon Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results 5
Duck polyclonal to Cobra venom - Fab Fragment ( Abpromise for all tested applications). Antigen: Snake Venom of N. naja arta...
Anti-human C5a/C5a des-Arg (neo-epitode), Clone 2952, Monoclonal Antibody...
...
Reacts with the 80 kDa fragment of the M-chain of human merosin....
Biology Products: