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Bees are back in the news this spring, if not back in fields pollinating this summer's crops. The Europe
an Union (EU) has announced that it will ban, for two years, the use of neonicotinoids, the much-maligned pesticide group often fingered in ...
What started in 1970 as a teach-in about the environment has expanded year by year until Earth Day actions this year include more than one billion people in some 192 countries.
Many people are taking photos of their climate change ...
Increased demand for biofuel
production has driven farmers and forest communities from Brazil to Indonesia off their land, threatening those people's wellbeing and food
security, a report from GRAIN says.
Research conducted by the ...
Every winter, a heavy haze of pollution envelops many Asian cities.
The smog is a local hazard: Reduced visibility grounded planes in New Delhi in December, while toxic amounts of particulate matter kept Beijing residents indoors several ...
Not long ago biofuel
s were seen as one of the major tools to combat climate change, but a large number of studies in recent years have shown that many first generation biofuel
s may have little climate benefit—and some are actually harmful—and are ...
s -- the green low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels -- could both damage human health and reduce crop yields, British scientists warn in the journal Nature Climate Change. They calculate that widespread introduction of plantations of ...
Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe
by 2020, a study showed on Sunday.
The report said ...
In the tiny tortillerias of this city, people complain ceaselessly about the high price of corn. Just three years ago, one quetzal — about 15 cents — bought eight tortillas; today it buys only four. And eggs have tripled in price because chickens ...
an Commission has approved palm oil-based biodiesel for the renewable fuels standard provided it is certified under the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), a body that sets social and environmental criteria for palm oil ...
an Commission has approved a scheme that would certify as sustainable transport fuel made from palm oil, condemned by environmental groups as one of the most damaging sources of biodiesel.
The Commission made public on Tuesday ...
During a heated debate at the Europe
an Development Days, I learned that increased greenhouse gas emissions and diminishing food
security are the main concerns in Europe
s. From my perspective, however, violations of people's ...
New EU rules to limit how much food
can be made into biofuel
s are "not perfect" and make it harder to achieve overall goals on switching to low carbon energy, Europe
an Commissioners said on Wednesday.
But they insisted the proposals sent ...
an commission has watered down proposals to reduce the indirect climate impact of biofuel
s, but is sticking to a strict new limit on the amount of food
crops that can be used to make fuel, draft legislation showed.
The late ...
Tiny Columbus, New Mexico (population, 1,678) is hot, flat and uncrowded -- an ideal place to launch a new green revolution in agriculture. That, in essence, is what a well-funded startup company called Sapphire Energy wants to do: It is turning ...
One out of every eight people in the world is chronically undernourished, the United Nations' food
agencies said on Tuesday, and aid groups warned that rising food
prices could reverse gains in the fight against hunger.
In a report on ...
'It's possibly,' someone remarked to me this week, "one of the worst things ever to come out of Brussels.' Quite a condemnation, everything considered -- and all the more so for coming from an Action Aid campaigner against poverty and climate ...
's multibillion-euro biodiesel industry has been dealt a blow by major policy changes outlined by the EU climate commissioner on Friday.
The changes proposed by Connie Hedegaard will limit food
s to 5%, just above the ...
an Union plans to cap the use of food
s are a major setback for an industry once seen playing a central role in the fight against climate change, but now more often cast as the villain following a series of global food
is one of society's key sensitivities to climate. A year of not enough or too much rainfall, a hot spell or cold snap at the wrong time, or extremes, like flooding and storms, can have a significant effect on local crop yields and livestock ...
an Commission has announced it will limit the amount of crop-based biofuel
s used in transport, but its newly proposed measures are not nearly enough to curb the disastrous impact of the EU`s biofuel
policy around the world. Its effects ...
Development campaigners have welcomed a major shift in Europe
policy after the commission said it plans to limit crop-based biofuel
s to 5% of transport fuel.
"Finally the Europe
an commissioners have come to their senses," said ...
an Commission announced a major shift in biofuel
policy on Monday, saying it plans to limit crop-based biofuel
s to 5 percent of transport fuel, after campaigners said existing rules take food
out of people's mouths.
Record high ...
an targets to replace fossil fuels with biofuel
s are contributing to spikes in food
prices and global hunger, according to the latest analyis by Oxfam.
The aid organisation is calling for EU energy ministers meeting in Cyprus on ...
an Commission rejected Monday charges that EU biofuel
policy was contributing to soaring food
prices but confirmed that it will trim its targets for their use.Biofuels were once seen as a potential source of cheap alternative ...
Motorists will unwittingly subsidise a move to ensure 10 per cent of transport energy comes from renewable sources.
Biofuel is largely mixed in with diesel or petrol sold at the pumps, but because the target will cause the cost of ...