Biotechnology for a bio-based economy

HELEN WHITAKER | June 5, 2019

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On World Environment Day, we look at what biotechnology can do to help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and move towards a bio-based economy. Today is UN World Environment Day, a day for global citizens to increase awareness of and take action on the environmental issues facing us all. The 2019 theme is to beat air pollution, and in light of recent climate change protests, it seems that the need for cleaner alternatives to refining and burning fossil fuels has never been more keenly felt.

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