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For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continent's agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to UBC research."Nearly every agricultural region across Latin ...
an Parliament voted overwhelmingly today on a new cap on biofuel
s derived from edible crops, which critics say not only compete with feeding a growing global population but also contribute to deforestation
and release unacceptably high ...
A new report from the World Resources Institute finds that dedicating land to the production of biofuel
s, a form of renewable energy made from plants, may undermine efforts to achieve a sustainable food future, combat climate change, and protect ...
s from waste produced by industry, farms, and households could generate 36,000 jobs in the UK and save around 37m tonnes of oil use annually by 2030, according to a new report.Across Europe
, hundreds of thousands of new ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
'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-based biofuel
s to 5%, just above the ...
We are heading for hell in a fossil-fuelled handcart, spinning towards implosion. Planet Earth is not able to keep pace with humanity's demands nor cope with its wasteful by-products. And the gap - the "ecological overshoot" - is ...
A new study from the University of California, Davis, provides a deeper understanding of the complex global impacts of deforestation
on greenhouse gas emissions.
The study, published May 13 in the advance online edition of the journal ...
s not food is biggest driver of 'land grabbing' deals, says report - The Ecologist
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More the 50 per cent of land-grabbing deals are for growing biofuel
s, according to new ...
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 ...
's energy chief announced seven green certification schemes for biofuel
s on Tuesday and promised in future to tackle the unwanted side-effects of turning food into fuel.
Guenther Oettinger said biofuel
s' indirect impacts were ...
Green groups will today learn if the Europe
an Commission is ready to lift the lid on the methods it used to decide whether biofuel
s can be certified as "sustainable".
The Commission has recently approved biofuel
schemes that have been ...
Lufthansa will next Friday become the first airline to run regular commercial flights powered partially with biofuel
Airlines have flown many demonstration biofuel
flights, but Lufthansa's LH013 11:15am Hamburg to Frankfurt flight will ...
Could palm oil help save the Amazon?
This article is a longer version of story that appeared at Yale e360: In Brazil, Palm Oil Plantations Could Help Preserve Amazon.
For years now, environmentalists have become accustomed to ...
s boom in Africa as British firms lead rush on land for plantations
Controversial fuel crops linked to rising food prices and hunger, as well as increased greenhouse gas emissionsBritish firms have acquired more land in Africa ...
British firms have acquired more land in Africa for controversial biofuel
plantations than companies from any other country, a Guardian investigation has revealed.
Half of the 3.2m hectares (ha) of biofuel
land identified – in countries ...
Current UK and Europe
an policies on biofuel
s encourage unethical practices, says a report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics today following an 18-month inquiry. Policies such as the Europe
an Renewable Energy Directive are particularly weak ...