18 February 2018
(Natural News) The world’s first biofuel flight between the U.S. and Australia was achieved with great success by the teams behind it — Qantas and Agricoma Biosciences rejoiced publicly as they both announced the completion of their historic flight. However, while the benefits of switching from conventional fossil fuels to biofuels for cross-country flights might be clear enough for everyone, there is still the matter of coming to terms with the present-day trade-offs.
That is, the use of biofuels, such as the blended fuel type derived from brassica carinata that powered the Qantas QF96 flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, requires an entirely different set of materials and methods to produce. Qantas may be planning to have regular biofuel-based flights by 2020, but some people think that this is a horrible idea.
Last year, an analysis spearheaded by the organizations BirdLife and Transport and Environment called for an end to the use of biofuels that were based on food. As the main argument of the analysis goes, the use of food-based biofuels has caused — or undoubtedly will cause — increases in global food prices. Not to mention, it can also damage the environment.
While it’s true that the use of biofuels to power plane flights results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, it’s also known to be quite expensive. Biofuel is said to cost more than twice the price of conventionally produced jet fuel, making it far too expensive for pretty much any airline to use in regular operations. According to a new report that did the math on the biofuel used in the latest flight announced by Qantas, things are a little bit more complicated than you might think.
To complete the 15-hour trans-Pacific flight between the U.S. and Australia, the Qantas QF96 plane needed to use 24,000 liters of biofuel blend. Based on Qantas estimations, the plane was able to save them around 18,000 kilograms in carbon emissions during its flight. However — and this is the most important part — it did so while relying on fuel that took up a total of 150 acres of land to grow. That’s more than three times the size of Vatican City.
Of course, part of the work being done by experts from both Qantas and Agrisoma involves improving their current methods to achieve better yields and therefore manage to increase cost-efficiency and productivity. But that may be a ways away.
According to Alison Webster, the Chief Executive Officer of Qantas International, the focus right now should be on the fact that the use of biofuel delivers the same results as using conventional fossil fuels but with a much less harmful impact on the environment. “The aircraft is more fuel efficient and generates fewer greenhouse emissions than similarly sized-aircraft,” he explained, “and today’s flight will see a further reduction on this route.”
Meanwhile, Steve Fabijanski, the Chief Executive Officer of Agrisoma, wants to emphasize the importance of their partnership with Australian farmers and how it will impact their work on biofuels in the future. “Biojet fuel made from Carinata delivers both oil for biofuel and protein for animal nutrition while also enhancing the soil its grown in,” said Fabijanski. “We are excited about the potential of the crop in Australia and look forward to working with local farmers and Qantas to develop a clean energy source for the local aviation industry.”
There’s absolutely no doubt that it’s a cleaner fuel option, but unless they manage to make a breakthrough that makes it possible to produce the amount of biofuel required for regular flights without compromising on good farmland, then this new fuel technology may not have a future after all.
Read more news stories about biofuel at Power.news.
Date: 11 August 2017
Author: Robert Jonathan
(Natural News) An Australian vegan cafe has opened up a new front in the social justice culture war.
The Melbourne eatery has announced that it will impose a gender pay gap surcharge of 18 percent on anyone who enters the establishment who happens to be born male. In addition, female customers will receive priority seating. Continue reading Feminism absurdity: Melbourne cafe charges 18% “man tax” to punish men for the way they were born
Australia, they’re at the forefront with microchipping also. Good friends of the US & Big Pharma. A previous PM Tony Abbott insisted all Aussie children should be vaccinated EXCEPT his own daughters! Now doesn’t that tell you something? … not that clever of the PM really. EnvirowatchRangitikei From myeclinik.com Vaccines are a touchy subject in […]
US EPA chief comes out and says that CO2 is not the primary driver of the climate and that it is impossible to correctly measure the entire surface of the globe to get a true assessment of changes in Earth’s climate system. Australia is closing the Hazelwood power plant that is a back up for South Australia if power from wind is not available, now what, no back up for that. Snow on tap for the SE USA in the coming week and new food growing techniques with SquareRoots LED Vertical farms.
My Conclusion: I enjoy watching David’s youtube video Adapt 2030 because he talks about the oncoming little ice age. I enjoying watch what Trump EPA chief (Scott Pruitt) quote that “I believe that we as an agency and we as a nation can be both pro energy and pro jobs and pro environment; that we don’t have to choose between the two” and Scott Pruitt have that well covered that we can be both pro economy and pro environment and you have to choose between the two. For Me I’m pro environment but I also pro economy; I understand that environment is important but having a good economy in a nation is also important. But left will say that “no the environment is always important; environment and economic can’t coexist. you have to sacrifice economy for the rights of nature” and you can find that on Zero Hedge. I will say that “don’t listen to the left wingers; don’t let them let you otherwise” As it said in the video about Hazelwood power plant in Australia closing down and cause a lost of a 1,000 jobs according to The Guardian. That is done with in the of stopping Climate Change and protecting the rights of nature; that just insanity. I cover more news related to this topic.
Source: Sydeny Morning Herald
Date: 31 October 2016
Author: Jessica Irvine
Australia’s fall from grace as a global leader in the fight against dangerous climate change was rapid and inglorious.
But any Australian business leaders who think they got away with sticking their heads in the sand should think again. Continue reading Green Tyranny: Company directors to face penalties for ignoring climate change
Main Source: ABC Australia
Date: 29 October 2016
Author: Melanie Garrick and Loretta Florance
The Gun Ban In Australia Caused Increase In Crime And Home Invasions
Two thousand angry Australians gather to demand their gun rights and justice. Ginny Simone reports that the people of Australia gathered at the feet of Parliament with signs and outraged chanting in protest of the country’s gun bans. Interviewees from the crowd discuss the gun buyback that required citizens to surrender their weapons with the threat of jail, an event that resulted in the confiscation of over 6,000 guns. With millions of dollars spent and no reduction in crime and actual increases in crime including home invasions, from the gun bans, Australians demand the right to defend themselves and to feel safe in their homes.
Matthew Concludes Gun Ban never have reduce crime but only increase crime. Because criminal will never give up their fireman.
One thing you should never ever do; is give up your rights.
Date: 22 March 2016
Author: Australian Associated Press
Steve Marsh had tried to sue his GM-canola-cultivating neighbour Michael Baxter over claims his herbicide-resistant crop contaminated his organic farm
A West Australian farmer who tried to sue his neighbour after genetically modified canola blew on to his land, contaminating his organic crop, must now pay a hefty court costs bill after a stay order was lifted. Continue reading WA organic farmer must pay $804,000 in court costs after losing GM legal battle