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Biofuels, a Solution to High Prices but What Exactly Do They Cost Us in the Long Run?

Image: A biofuel production plant in Iowa President Joe Biden said that his government will relax limitations on the sale of E15—gasoline that contains 15% ethanol—as well as additional investments in biofuels as an effort to alleviate Americans' agony at the gas pump. However, scientists who research the environmental impact of ethanol are dissatisfied with the choice. What is ethanol in fuel? Fuel ethanol is the same sort of alcohol found in drinks, but with "denaturant" additives that prevent it from being consumed. The use of ethanol in gasoline reduces the need for crude oil.  E10 is presently the most common gas marketed in the United States. Ethanol is typically made in the United States by fermenting sugar from corn starch. Sugar cane is used in other nations, such as Brazil. Following a study on E15's pollution  impact, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved its usage in 2011. According to authorities, it is now available at 2,300 petrol stati

Avoiding Cutting Down Palm Trees For its Fruits in Amazonia Can Reduce Economic and Environmental Damage

Researchers at the University of Leeds and the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute ( Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia; IIAP ) have found that cutting down the palm tree Mauritia flexuosa for its fruits had caused ecological and economical disturbances in Peru. Image credits: Pexels The scientists have prepared a detailed study to show why and where the palm trees fell down and the extent of the economic and environmental damage caused by it. “Cutting down female palm trees to harvest the fruit has halved the total production of the fruit of this palm that is available to local communities," said Gabriel Hidalgo , a postgraduate student at Leeds’ School of Geography and lead author of the study. “This is a clear example of the impact of humans on natural resource levels, in an ecosystem that, on first look, appears undamaged. However, changing the way the fruit is harvested can increase both the number of fruit-bearing palm trees and the value of these Amazonian peatlan

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