Move Over Ethanol, Here Come Big Bad Green Algae

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With insane gas prices and rising rage against corn based biodiesel, a new fuel looks like it just may just steal the spotlight. Simple green pond scum Algae is that new fuel and it may just prove to be the mightiest fuels of all.

Because of greenwashing, I’m usually really skeptical about new products and technology claiming that they’re green. But, this seems like the real deal. Using algae fuel instead of gas significantly reduces carbon emissions from cars. Not only that, but because algae is a plant, it needs CO2 to live while it’s being processed. And where does it get this CO2? Neighboring coal-fired or manufacturing plants! To sweeten the deal even further, the algae fuel doesn’t need any fossil fueled machines to make it. So, instead of just not polluting, the algae are also cleaning the air around it.

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Algae May Be Happier in Acidic Water says Study

algae species acidic oceans water study1 Algae May Be Happier in Acidic Water says Study

When I first heard about ocean acidification wiping out most of the coral reefs by the end of the century, I was skeptical. For you novices, that’s the process whereby carbon dioxide from the air becomes carbonic acid, which in turn dissolves the calcium carbonate in coral. You keeping up? Then there were the supposed detrimental effects on coccolithophores (that’s a single-cell, carbonate-encased algae) in particular, the Emiliania huxleyi. Higher levels of acidity were thought to hinder “the algae’s ability to build the disks of carbonate that form its shell”. As if. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

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