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The hills of south
ern Iowa bear the scars of America
's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply.
Even the cemetery that disappeared like ...
Following a promising start, Brazil`s dream of positioning ethanol in the global market on an equal standing with petroleum-based fuels is hindered by new and old challenges.
Brazil`s goal of expanding ethanol sales across the world will ...
If there is an epicenter of the nation's farmland boom, it can be found here amid the rolling hills of northwest Iowa.
A fortune is being plowed into the dirt of Sioux County, where well-heeled farmers and wealthy investors compete ...
In Mayan cosmology, thetree, with its elephantine, silver-grey trunk that towers above the jungle, is the tree of life, shoring up the corners of the sky and sending its roots deep into the underworld. In the centuries following the conquest ...
Corn is loaded into a truck in Valley Springs, South
Dakota. In 2008, while biofuel
s accounted for just 1.5% of global liquid fuels supply that year, they represented nearly half the increase in major food crop consumption, mainly because of ...
Massive UN-Supported African Palm Plantations Leading to Oppression, Kidnapping and Murder
The promise of carbon credits and free money from schemes like the U.N.-backed Clean Development Mechanism, appear to be among the causes of ...
Emissions of man-made carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are roaring ahead again after a smaller-than-expected dip due to the worldwide recession. Scientists are forecasting that CO2 emissions from burning coal, oil and gas will reach their highest ...
STANDING on the deck of this floating laboratory for Arctic science, which is part of Canada’s Coast Guard fleet and one of the world’s most powerful icebreakers, I can see vivid evidence of climate change. Channels through the Canadian Arctic ...
In the race to replace oil, electric cars seem to be leaving biofuel
s in the dust.
Five years ago, biofuel
s such as ethanol and biodiesel looked like the best bet for breaking the world's addiction to oil. Biorefineries turning corn into ...
Thousand of protesters took to the streets, waving the orange flags of the opposition. Before long, looting began. Buildings were set on fire. But the turning point came when a crowd moved from the main square towards the presidential palace. ...
The global economic turmoil has resulted in reduced demand for wood, shrinking investments in forest industries and forest management, finds the United Nations "State of the World's Forests" report released Monday.
Stronger forest ...
While this report is focused on the prospects for alternative energy sources to replace fossil fuels, it is useful to apply the above criteria first to oil, coal, and gas so that comparisons can be made with their potential ...
Now the really hard work begins.
The party might still be going on and my ex-pat US colleagues might have not yet made it into the office this morning after a rather late night. But as the world soaks in the historic implications of ...
Enter the global financial crisis
- exit action on climate change? That lingering apprehension is not shared by Pamela Cox, the World Bank's vice-president for Latin America
and the Caribbean."I'm an optimist," she said, adding that the ...
Markets may soon value rainforests as living entities rather than for just the commodities produced when they are cut down, said a tropical forest researcher speaking in June at a conservation biology conference in the South America
n country of ...
Gas prices are above $4 a gallon; global food prices surged 39% last year; and an environmental disaster looms as carbon emissions continue to spiral upward. The global economy appears on the verge of a TKO, a triple whammy from energy, ...
The U.S. is encouraging deforestation and pollution by offering incentives
for plant-based oils grown in South America
, German Environment Minister Sigmar
Gabriel said, urging the government to stop subsidizing biofuel
Asia's rainforests are being rapidly destroyed, a trend accelerated by
surging timber demand in booming China and India, and record food, energy and
commodity prices, forest experts warn.
The loss of these biodiversity hot spots, ...
Consumers in rich countries feel it in supermarkets but in the world's
poorest ones people are starving. The reason - soaring food prices, and it's
triggered riots around the world in places like Mexico, Indonesia, Yemen, the ...
Those battling global warming by promoting biofuel
s may unintentionally be
adding to skyrocketing world food prices, creating what one expert calls "a
silent tsunami" in developing nations.
The rising prices are ...
From today, all petrol and diesel sold on forecourts must contain at least
2.5 per cent biofuel
. The Government insists its flagship environmental policy
will make Britain's 33 million vehicles greener. But a formidable coalition of ...
It is the constant sensation of hunger that makes Kamla Devi so angry. She
argues with shopkeepers in New Delhi over prices and quarrels with her husband,
a casual labourer, over his wages - about 50 rupees (60p) a day.
'When I go ...
Food prices are soaring, a wealthier Asia is demanding better food and
farmers can't keep up. In short, the world faces a food crisis
and in some
places it is already boiling over.
Around the globe, people are protesting and ...
Empty shelves in Caracas. Food riots in West Bengal and Mexico. Warnings of
hunger in Jamaica, Nepal, the Philippines and sub-Saharan Africa. Soaring prices
for basic foods are beginning to lead to political instability, with governments ...
These days, when you fill up your car with a gasoline-and-ethanol blend, you
are probably burning ethyl alcohol made from America
n corn. A few years from
now, your commute may be powered by ethanol from sugar cane grown in Brazil's ...