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Tech Roundup: sugarcane ethanol less polluting than once thought

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Tech Roundup: sugarcane ethanol less polluting than once thought
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This week’s topics: Brazilian sugarcane ethanol may not be as harmful as once thought. Insurance startup creates a life expectancy calculator adjusted by occupation. Latin America’s largest farm is almost 100 percent automated.

Brazilian sugarcane ethanol less polluting than once thought

Debates about the environmental and economic efficiency of sugarcane ethanol have been around for years, even in Brazil. The latest installment in this discussion came this week, with a study from the National Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), carrying out an extensive review of all available data on the energy source. Their conclusion? Brazilian sugarcane ethanol...

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