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20181121 Poll says Europeans against palm oil but don’t know it’s in their tanks
In a poll by Ipsos, conducted in nine countries including of 4,500 Europeans, 82% of citizens surveyed were not aware of the fact that diesel fuel has palm oil added to it. When asked whether they would support measures to end policy support and subsidies for palm oil in biodiesel in Europe, 69% of respondents said they would welcome the change, with only 14% against it and 16% with no opinion on the matter. An international coalition of environmental NGOs launched a campaign to urge the Commission to execute the phase-out of palm oil in diesel in a delegated act by February 1, 2019.

20181122 Breakthroughs in renewable biofuels production
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) have identified two main challenges for renewable biofuel production from cheap sources. First: lowering the cost of developing microbial cell factories. Second: establishing more efficient methods for hydrolysis of biomass to sugars for fermentation. Also, researchers at Columbia University estimated that lakes in the US could generate 325 gigawatts of power.

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