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On its way to Drax? A loader picking up trees from a clearcut for Enviva near the Ahoskie mill, North Carolina. Photo: Dogwood Alliance.

Biofuel and biomass 'sustainability standards' are pure greenwash

Almuth Ernsting

10th March 2014

Who and what are biofuel sustainability standards designed to benefit? They are meant to safeguard forests and communities, writes Almuth Ernsting - but their real purpose is to protect the biofuel industry ... more...
The Tripa Forest burning at night, cleared for palm oil. Photo: Carlos Quiles / RAN -  ran.org/tripa-expose -  via Flickr.com.

Palm oil company's $30 million fine for burning rainforest

The Ecologist

17th January 2014

An Indonesian palm oil company has been convicted of large-scale burning of protected swamp forest in Aceh - home to some of Sumatra's last orangutans. more...
OuTrop researchers in the Sabangau Forest. Photo: Matt Adam Williams / OuTrop

Jungle living in Borneo

Matt Williams

21st January 2014

Living in the rainforest, tracking orangutans, protecting the swamp forest and fighting off swarms of mosquitos in 30 degree heat. For Matt Williams it was a childhood dream come true ... more...
A promising crop of hemp. Photo: CSLP / Craik Sustainable Living Project via Flickr.com.

Hemp - the energy and industrial crop of the future?

Thomas Prade

5th January 2014

In 1980 The Ecologist published an iconic Special Edition' devoted to the multi-use 'wonder crop' hemp. 34 years on, Thomas Prade finds the case for industrial hemp is as strong as ever. more...
A village destroyed for palm oil, Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: Rainforest Rescue.

Indonesia: terror and eviction for palm oil

Rainforest Rescue

25th December 2013

This month in Sumatra, Indonesia, 1,500 armed men demolished four indigenous villages and displaced inhabitants who were not willing to surrender their land to a palm oil company. more...

Fossil fuel subsidies soar to $544 billion

The Ecologist

11th December 2013

Four years ago OECD country leaders promised to reduce fossil fuel subsidies. Now IEA figures show they have soared from $300 billion to $544 billion. more...

Chatsworth: attic junk to renewable energy centre

The Ecologist

4th December 2013

Not all of us could raise £2.5m by selling the junk in our attics. But that's what the Chatsworth Estate achieved in 2010 - and now the money is funding a major renewable energy expansion. more...
Fenced in by eucalyptus

Biomass: The Chain of Destruction

Almuth Ernsting

9th November 2013

Biomass electricity in the UK = clear-cutting of ancient swamp forests + bulldozing of traditional communities' lands + deprived UK communities bearing the brunt of toxic emissions. more...

Time to take a tough stand on biofuels

October 23rd, 2013

In an open letter to the press 8 members of parliament, from 5 different political parties, ask the EU to push for a tighter cap on biofuels........ more...

Biofuels vote bad news for orangutans

Matt Adam Williams

12th September 2013

Matt Adam Williams explains why yesterday's European Parliament vote will likely have environmentally negative impacts on the other side of the world..... more...

Frontline Online: Where should we be looking for waste we can turn to energy?

January 13th, 2013

by Lorna Howarth

In her new weekly column, the Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on the stories that show standing up for what we believe in can and does make a real difference. more...
How green are vegetable and rapeseed oils?

How green are vegetable and rapeseed oils?

Rebecca Campbell

16th May, 2012

When it comes to oils we are spoilt for choice, with more than 130 million tonnes of oil consumed every year, according to the WWF. But with demand set to increase, what sort of impact is our appetite for oil having on the planet? And which is the green choice? more...

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How green is your fuel?

How green is your fuel?

Andrew Simms

12th April, 2012

In an exclusive extract from 'Ampera We're Electric', Andrew Simms takes a closer look at what powers our cars and asks whether motoring has a greener future to look forward to more...
Amazon forest

RESPONSE: The flawed arguments behind biomass

Robert Palgrave

27th March, 2012

Is biomass really a low-carbon, sustainable energy source? Industry group Back Biomass say yes while watchdog group Biofuelwatch says no more...
palm oil

Palm oil: the hidden ingredient causing an ecological disaster

Ben Martin

14th March, 2012

Palm oil is in our food, cleaning products and fuel. But it's destroying rainforest and contributing to climate change. Sustainable certification schemes have been set up, but campaigners increasingly question whether they work more...
Forestry

Stop the biomass blackout: say no to the UK's destructive bioenergy policies

Ian Lander

7th February, 2012

Biofuelwatch warn of an unfolding 'biomassacre' as the UK is set to rely on a growing amount of wood-based biomass, driving landgrabbing, replacing old growth forests with plantations, destroying biodiversity and causing air pollution more...
Sugarcane

Biomass is the next biofuel 'land grab' on tropical forests, warn campaigners

Tom Levitt

5th December, 2011

Just as biofuels have gobbled up farmland that should have been growing food so the push on biomass by Monsanto, Cargill and others will see an 'unprecedented' grab on land, plants and biodiverse-rich forests more...
Sugarcane plantation workers

Our sugarcane is greener than your corn: Brazil takes on US biofuel industry

Beth McLoughlin

4th October, 2011



Brazil claims to have clamped down on slash and burn tactics, slave labour and links to deforestation as it seeks to gain foothold in Europe’s lucrative biofuels market more...
Plane flying over palm trees

Could we be entering the era of greener air travel?

Henry Gass

12th July, 2011

Last week Thomson announced the launch of a weekly flight to Palma, fuelled by old cooking oil. Henry Gass asks whether more sustainable air travel could finally be in sight more...
aeroplane takes off

European airlines to start controversial biofuel-powered flights

William McLennan

24th June, 2011

The use of plant-based fuels for flights, backed by the EU, could contribute to higher food prices and increased greenhouse gas emissions more...
Jathropa crop

UK scientists launch scathing criticism of EU biofuel targets

Ecologist

2nd June, 2011

Claims that biofuels have lower greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels are 'complete nonsense' and EU-wide targets to increase their use should be scrapped says letter to transport minister
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Raju Sona is a smallscale farmer, seen with his only Jatrophal tree at his home farm

Campaigners should support aviation industry biofuel trials

Ecologist

20th April, 2011

The aviation industry deserves credit for being proactive about looking for alternatives to fossil fuels, says Paul Steele from the Air Transport Action Group more...
An airplane

Germany joins up with Lufthansa to sponsor biofuel six times worse than fossil fuels

William McLennan

19th April, 2011

Campaigners are outraged over airline Lufthansa and German government funding for jatropha biofuels trial more...
Sugar

Sugar: why our favourite spoonful is not so sweet

William McLennan

13th April, 2011

Sugar can be produced from both sugar beet and sugarcane. Sugarcane production is of particular concern in terms of environmental degradation and human rights abuses, reports William McLennan more...
Renewable investment by country

Revealed: how your country compares on renewable investment

Tom Antebi

29th March, 2011

A breakdown of how major countries compare on their success in attracting investment in wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy in the past year more...

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