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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 ...
s - ethanol - were trumpeted as being a renewable alternative to fossil fuels for decades. Finally, in 2005, it got the mandates and subsidies environmentalists insisted were necessary to make inroads against a mature industry like ...
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 ...
"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 ...
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 target
s 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 ...
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 ...
The development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit global warming, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.
With power generation still dominated by coal and governments failing to increase investment ...
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 ...
New EU rules to limit how much food can be made into biofuel
s are "not perfect" and make it harder to achieve overall goals on switching to low carbon energy, Europe
an Commissioners said on Wednesday.
But they insisted the proposals sent ...
Tiny Columbus, New Mexico (population, 1,678) is hot, flat and uncrowded -- an ideal place to launch a new green revolution in agriculture. That, in essence, is what a well-funded startup company called Sapphire Energy wants to do: It is turning ...
'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 ...
'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 ...
an 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 ...
an Commission has announced it will limit the amount of crop-based biofuel
s used in transport, but its newly proposed measures are not nearly enough to curb the disastrous impact of the EU`s biofuel
policy around the world. Its effects ...
Development campaigners have welcomed a major shift in Europe
policy after the commission said it plans to limit crop-based biofuel
s to 5% of transport fuel.
"Finally the Europe
an commissioners have come to their senses," said ...
an Commission announced a major shift in biofuel
policy on Monday, saying it plans to limit crop-based biofuel
s to 5 percent of transport fuel, after campaigners said existing rules take food out of people's mouths.
Record high ...
s to replace fossil fuels with biofuel
s are contributing to spikes in food prices and global hunger, according to the latest analyis by Oxfam.
The aid organisation is calling for EU energy ministers meeting in Cyprus on ...
an Commission rejected Monday charges that EU biofuel
policy was contributing to soaring food prices but confirmed that it will trim its target
s for their use.Biofuels were once seen as a potential source of cheap alternative ...
Motorists will unwittingly subsidise a move to ensure 10 per cent of transport energy comes from renewable sources.
Biofuel is largely mixed in with diesel or petrol sold at the pumps, but because the target
will cause the cost of ...
The growing row over biofuel
s is ready to flare up again with German researchers claiming to have found evidence that Europe
an-produced biodiesel does not meet the sustainability target
s claimed by Brussels.
Two experts at Friedrich ...
Drought-stricken crops and record-high grain prices have strengthened critics of the Europe
an Union biofuel
industry, adding fears of a food crisis to their claims that it does not ultimately reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The renewed ...