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Last August, from the window of a jet high over Sumatra, I counted nearly a dozen plumes of smoke rising from the vast jungles and plantations below. Some more than a half-mile wide, they looked like pillars holding up the sky. That week the ...
An interview with Brian Machovina, a part of our on-going Interviews with Young Scientists series.
Brian Machovina and one of his drones, which he flew over banana plantations to study stressors and productivity. Photo by Brian ...
If I asked you to think of renewable energy what comes to mind? I imagine it is skyscraper-sized wind turbines, solar panels on suburban roofs or massive hydro-electric dams. You probably do not think of burning wood or converting crops to liquid ...
OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel
made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that ...
Providing water for our still growing human population is reaching crisis levels. Water is vital for agriculture, energy production and industrial processes worldwide. Floods and droughts in Asia, Latin America, Europe
and the United States ...
Fuel made from waste could replace 16% of all the fuel used on Europe
an roads by 2030, cutting spending on oil imports and boosting the rural economy by up to EUR15bn, according to a joint report by industry and NGOs.
The paper, whose ...
The UK faces a food
security catastrophe because of its very low numbers of honeybee colonies, which provide an essential service in pollinating many crops, scientists warned on Wednesday.
New research reveals that honeybees provide just ...
"There are human and natural factors acting in the climate system, and understanding all the factors influencing our climate is an ongoing scientific goal. But the current increase in CO2 and its effects on our planet are attributed to human ...
Matt Adam Williams explains why yesterday's Europe
an Parliament vote will likely have environmentally negative impacts on the other side of the world.....This morning I awoke to the sound of bearded pigs rustling in the undergrowth and ...
an parliament has delivered a "desperately weak compromise" on the future of biofuel
s in Europe
that industry says will "curtail jobs and investment".
In a tight vote on the use of biofuel
s in transport fuel, the parliament ...
an Parliament voted Wednesday to significantly reduce the amount of biofuel
s made from food
crops by 2020 to counter concerns over the energy source's environmental and ethical sustainability.
Environmentalists argue biofuel
Palm oil imports into Europe
for use as car fuel increased by more than three-fold since 2006, raising concerns than renewable fuels targets may be contributing to deforestation, displacing marginalized communities, and driving greenhouse gas ...
EU policy on biofuel
s reaches a critical stage on Wednesday with a scheduled vote by the Europe
an parliament on proposed limits on the use of crop-based fuels.The plenary vote in Strasbourg comes amid lobbying by the industry to push back ...
The government is being urged to back moves to curb the use of biofuel
s in Europe
amid concerns they are causing hunger in poor countries and contributing to climate change.
The heads of Oxfam, ActionAid, Greenpeace and Friends of the ...
Finnish scientists have found a way to turn dead wood into high quality biofuel
for less than one euro per liter. They believe they can convert more than half the energy of raw wood – ligno-cellulosic biomass, if you prefer the technical term – ...
PREVENT LAND GRABBINGAn ugly side of current scares over future food
supply is wealthy, land-poor states, like those in the Gulf and South Korea, acquiring tracts of undeveloped countries to use as allotments. It is a campaigning cause of ...
Today is World Environment Day, and to mark it, the U.N. Environment Programme and the World Resources Institute are releasing a paper calling for concerted action to reduce food
loss and waste.
UNEP and WRI estimate that one-third of ...
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 ...