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Raju Sona is a smallscale farmer, seen with his only Jatrophal tree at his home farm

Jatropha biofuels: UK investors sell controversial crop as 'green'

Andrew Wasley

15th February, 2010

UK fund managers are selling investments in jatropha plantations as a wallet-swelling, planet-saving financial bonanza. But the reality for poor farmers is very different. Andrew Wasley reports more...
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Jatropha biofuels: the true cost to Tanzania

Thembi Mutch

15th February, 2010

Billed as wonder crop, the establishment of jatropha plantations on the ground in Tanzania has been far from successful, or, in some cases, ethical more...
Matilde Ngovene, whose land was taken by a biofuels comapany, Mozambique

Jatropha is no miracle plant for hungry farmers

Meredith Alexander

15th February, 2010

Everyone wants an alternative to fossil fuels, but in our rush to develop biofuel alternatives, we risk creating even worse problems for ourselves more...
Raju Sona is a smallscale farmer, seen with his only Jatrophal tree at his home farm

Jatropha biofuels: UK investors sell controversial crop as 'green'

Andrew Wasley

15th February, 2010

UK fund managers are selling investments in jatropha plantations as a wallet-swelling, planet-saving financial bonanza. But the reality for poor farmers is very different more...
Jatropha curcas seedlings

Jatropha biofuels: the true cost to Tanzania

Thembi Mutch

15th February, 2010

Billed as wonder crop, the establishment of jatropha plantations on the ground in Tanzania has been far from successful, or, in some cases, ethical more...
Logging

Palm oil plantations could be classified as forests

Ecologist

8th February, 2010

European Commission guidance would allow biofuels to be labelled as sustainable even if forests have been destroyed to make way for the palm oil plantations more...
Algae

Do you want next generation biofuels? Have your say

Ecologist

22nd December, 2009

New consultation to look at whether the next generation of biofuels will be more environmentally-sustainable than current food crop varieties more...
Deforestation

Biofuels can be sustainable, say less industrialised nations

Ecologist

19th December, 2009

EU looking at the impact of land use changes on greenhouse gas emissions from moves to increase biofuel production more...
Sugar

Will sugar be the oil of the 21st century?

Matilda Lee

1st December, 2009

You can turn it into everything from fuel to plastics. But will the surge in demand for sugar end up having a serious environmental impact? more...
Biofuels

Biofuels rather than electric cars to meet renewables target

Ecologist

22nd October, 2009

Industry research says biofuels, not electric cars or biogas likely to make up majority of renewable transport targets but admits some will need to be imported more...
Massive subsidies for the biofuel industry are fuelling poverty, says Christian Aid

Massive subsidies for biofuels 'disastrous'

Ecologist

17th August, 2009

Small-scale biofuels would reduce carbon emissions and help avert poverty in poorer countries, says Christian Aid report
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In the News

NGOs question 2nd-generation biofuels

Ecologist

1st March, 2009

A group of US NGOs have published a letter examining second-generation biofuel technology. more...

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Biofuels

Biofuels 2.0

Helena Paul

1st February 2009

A new generation of biofuels is poised to come into the market. Grown on unused, ‘marginal’ land they won’t compete for our food crops. But just where exactly is all this marginal land, and whose backyard might it be? Helena Paul reports more...
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Loopholes and scams dog ‘green’ energy

News

1st April, 2008

Green energy is coming under pressure to clean up its act after severe criticism of the Government’s attempts to change the rules on how renewable energy is calculated and further condemnation of the ‘splash and dash’ trading scam in biofuels. more...
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Slippery territory

Mark Anslow

1st April, 2008

It has taken just one year for the land-based biofuels (agrofuels) bubble to inflate and burst. In February 2007, the Ecologist was almost alone in pointing out that growing energy crops for car fuel was ecological nonsense; now the tide of academic studies showing that agrofuels are neither energy - nor carbon-efficient seems unstoppable. more...
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Problems with renewables - land wars

Paul Kingsnorth

1st April, 2008

Renewables good, fossil fuels bad... unless, of course, renewables begin to take up more and more land in order to meet our energy needs. Paul Kingsnorth adds fuel to a tricky debate. more...
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Global palm oil demand linked to human rights abuses

News

13th February, 2008

Growing demand for palm oil is resulting in wide spread human rights abuses in Indonesia, claims a new report. more...
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Biofuels drive could cause more harm than good

News

8th October, 2007

China has announced a major drive towards the use of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel - just as another report pours more water on the idea that biofuels will end the energy crisis. more...
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Scrap biofuels target, say Friends of the Earth and OECD

News

11th September, 2007

The backlash against large scale biofuel production continues to build as Friends of the Earth urges the European Union to scrap its target for 10 per cent of transport fuel to come from crops by 2020. more...
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Biofuels not the answer, conference told

News

16th August, 2007

Large-scale biofuel production will cause water and food shortages, delegates at the World Water conference will be told this week. more...
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Zac, the Prince, and the eco-cars

Rosalie Portman

6th June, 2007

On Monday, Zac Goldsmith and Prince Charles test drove a series of environmentally friendly vehicles at an event arranged by Revolve, a charity which promotes sustainable transport. more...
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IPCC set to green-light nuclear power and biofuels

News

1st May, 2007

The third report of the year from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to green-light nuclear power and large-scale biofuel production as a way of tackling climate change, to the dismay of environmentalists worldwide.
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230 say 'no' to EU's biofuels directive

News

7th March, 2007

An open letter signed by over 230 organisations and individuals – including author/campaigner Mark Lynas and Green Party MEP Caroline Lucas – has been sent to the European Union calling for ministers to vote against planned biofuel targets at the EU Summit on Friday. more...
Investigations

Biofuels Report: Against the Grain

Robin Maynard

1st March, 2007

Plant fuels can never meet our current and growing energy needs and, as Robin Maynard reports, adopting a ‘carbohydrate economy’ may prove disastrous for our farmers, our food supply and our future more...
Investigations

Biofuels Report: Forests or Fuel

Renton Righelato

1st March, 2007

The world’s forests are natural carbon ‘sinks’ that remove and store atmospheric CO2. So why, in the name of saving the earth, asks Renton Righelato, are we cutting down these precious resources to make way for fuel crops? more...

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