Here's some hope for Gulf: Spill-eating microbes spike. WASHINGTON — The number of naturally occurring microbes that eat methane grew surprisingly fast inside a plume spreading from BP's ruptured oil well, an oceanographer who was one of the first to detect the plumes said Tuesday.
Samantha Joye, a marine sciences professor at the University of Georgia at Athens, said it's good news that the microbes are eating the methane. However, the microbes also use oxygen in the water, and Joye said the repercussions of the resulting oxygen depletion aren't yet known. Joye said she hadn't completed her analysis yet, but that the data so far show that the microbes are much more abundant in the plume than they are in the water layers above and below it. In lab experiments, the number of microbes nearly doubled in a 24-hour period. Big Giveaways To Big Oil « Climate Progress. Climate Progress has noted again and again, it’s time to “Turn Off the Oil Subsidy Spigot.”
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Canadian Tar Sands. Coming soon to UK: Heating gas from brewery waste. Starting later this summer, the UK will achieve a first in biowaste energy: a new plant using brewery waste and local food waste is set to being producing renewable gas that will be fed back into the country’s national gas grid.
The £2.75-million plant will also generate gas that can be used as a liquid fuel. Construction of the Adnams Bio Energy anaerobic digestion plant was announced today. Later this summer, Adnams — working in partnership with National Grid — will fire up operations at the plant. The facility is expected to generate up to 4.8 million kilowatt-hours of energy annually – enough to heat 235 family homes for a year.
The average UK home uses 56 kilowatt-hours of gas per day, an amount of energy that could be generated from the waste left behind from brewing around 600 pints of beer. The facility will use brewery and food waste from local sources to generate biomethane for heating energy and fuel. Biomethane is very similar to natural gas.
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