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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 ...
Soon after reporting on the 2010 BP oil spill, Naomi Klein found she was pregnant – and miscarried. Was there a connection? She looks at the 'greenwashing' of big business and its effects Share Tweet this Email Naomi Klein The Guardian,
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency on Friday sent its final targets for 2014 biofuel
use to the White House as the long-delayed rule enters its last round of review before public release.
The Obama administration will now face a ...
A US-based study has warned that the expansion of shale gas extraction, through methods such as fracking, is outpacing research on the issues around the practice, including spills leading to contamination and the environmental
The expanding production and use of palm oil has dire consequences for the environment, human health and rain forest wildlife according to those advocating a reduction in palm oil consumption.
Palm oil has a low trans-fat compared to ...
A spokesman for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said on Wednesday that the agency is not yet reviewing a final rule on 2014 biofuel
blending requirements, quashing rumors the rule has been submitted for White House ...
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 ...
U.S. energy markets cannot absorb the levels of biofuel
s required by law to be blended into the fuel supply in 2014, Environmental
Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy said on Thursday, defending a controversial proposal to slash the target for ...
An Indonesian court has found the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam guilty of illegally burning large swathes of the Tripa peat forest, which lies within Sumatra`s Leuser Ecosystem, the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos, and ...
Supporters of the renewable fuels industry turned out en masse on Thursday, desperate for the U.S. government to change course after last month announcing a plan to lower the amount of biofuel
s that must be added to the fuel supply in ...
Protection Agency on Friday sought to calm a furor over its apparent proposal to reduce ethanol use in gasoline next year, saying that no final decisions had been made about the contentious mandate.
On Thursday, Reuters ...
"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 ...
The European Parliament has voted to limit the use of fuels made from food crops because of fears that biofuel
s can push up grain prices or damage
the climate, further undermining the once booming industry.
Lawmakers voting in Strasbourg ...
MEPs have today approved a cap on the production of food crop-based biofuel
s and backed plans to measure indirect emissions from 2020.
A European Parliament vote in Strasbourg confirmed fuels derived from food crops such as wheat, corn, ...
EU policy on biofuel
s reaches a critical stage on Wednesday with a scheduled vote by the European 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 ...
EU efforts to limit the use of crop-based biofuel
s, increasingly seen as doing the planet more harm than good, won parliamentary backing on Thursday in what a top biodiesel company called "a very bad blow".
The vote in the European ...
Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will edge out natural gas as the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy ...
The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has consistently over-estimated the prospects for production of advanced biofuel
s from non-food crops, adding to the impression of a biofuel
policy that is out of step with reality.
The U.S. ...
Liberia's largest palm oil company, Golden Veroleum, needs to review its social and environmental
policies after its workers damage
d graves, cleared existing crops and polluted creeks, according to an independent study it ...
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 ...
The European 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 ...
providers are being allowed to reroute critical supplies to New Jersey to help alleviate shortages caused by Hurricane Sandy, two U.S. Senators said Tuesday.
A barge bearing 17.6 million gallons of fuel should arrive into ...
'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 ...
European Union plans to cap the use of food-based biofuel
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 price ...
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 ...