Watching the World: Elephant grass and saboo dam

In the oil and gas industry, times are surely changing. Once, energy leaders looked for elephant fields, but now it seems more of them are checking out the possibilities of elephant grass, to say nothing of saboo dam.When the British Association for the Advancement of Science convened in Dublin recently, a joint Irish-American scientific team advanced elephant grass as a potential miracle crop for generating biomass energy.Native to Japan, the tall plant-which resembles pampas grass-already has been field-tested in Cashel, County Tipperary, and it is said to be ideally suited to Irish conditions.Backers of elephant grass say it is resilient, that it will grow on Irish bogland with no fert...

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