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Scientists and environmentalists today condemned a recent press release by researchers at the University of British Columbia announcing they have created genetically engineered (GE) poplar trees for paper and biofuel
production, opening the ...
A new report released by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and a team of scientists at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center led by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei says that the world is coming to an end. While they preach a ...
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 ...
Corn may lead the pack in terms of biomass yield when it comes to biofuel
s, but this category shouldn’t be the sole focus of efficiency, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of ...
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 ...
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 ...
Global warming could mean big business for controversial agriculture giant Monsanto, which announced last week it was purchasing the climate change-oriented startup Climate Corporation for $930 million.
Agriculture, which uses roughly 40 ...
The conversation was turning grumpy. A colleague from the UK government summed it up: "It's an awful word. I wouldn't be sad if I never heard it again." The others around the table – from a broad sample of NGOs and consultancies – nodded in ...
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 ...
Since 2003, the UK and other EU countries have effectively poured billions of euros into biofuel
s, on the premise that they reduce emissions from transport. But it has been an expensive case of the Emperor's new clothes: we now know that many ...
THERE is an indisputable elegance to the idea of transforming garbage into fuel, of turning icky, smelly detritus into something valuable.
But big drawbacks have prevented the wholesale adoption of trash-to-gas technology in the United ...
In a world`s first, Algae.Tec has signed a deal with Australia's largest power company to site an algae carbon capture and biofuel
s production facility beside a big coal-fired power station near Sydney.
Owned by the New South Wales ...
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 ...
VEHICLE-GENERATED outdoor pollution can be significantly reduced with the use of biofuel
s derived from genetically modified (GM) crops.
The use of such biotechnologically produced crops can decrease greenhouse gases and mitigate climate ...
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. ...
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 ...
Amid efforts to expand production of biofuel
s, scientists are reporting new estimates that downgrade the amount of additional land available for growing fuel crops by almost 80 percent. Their report appears in the ACS journal Environmental ...
A new plant is rising from the fields around Emmetsburg, Iowa--one that will ferment into ethanol the cobs, stems and husks of corn from nearly 50,000 hectares of farmland. Such cellulosic ethanol offers a way to get the energy and environmental ...
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 ...
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 ...
Applying scientific answers to the consumer question, "What do our food
choices have to do with heat, hurricanes, floods, and droughts?", the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
(CCAFS) is launching today a set ...
Two thirds of all proven fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if the world is serious about avoiding dangerous climate change, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its World Energy Outlook 2012 report released ...
During a heated debate at the European Development Days, I learned that increased greenhouse gas emissions and diminishing food security
are the main concerns in Europe about biofuel
s. From my perspective, however, violations of people's ...
Does a U-turn in Brussels spell the end for biofuel
s? There is no doubting that plans to revise EU biofuel
targets downwards mark a major turning point. While failing to go far enough, the EU executive has nonetheless realised it is imprudent to ...