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Landscape devastated by palm oil

World's largest ecological experiment to examine impact of oil palm plantations

Tom Levitt

1st February, 2011

Ten-year project will look at whether setting-aside natural forests within oil palm plantations can save threatened species such as the Orang-utan, Pygmy Elephant and Clouded Leopard more...
Jatropha curcas seedlings

Biofuels: jatropha still linked to 'land grabbing and displacement of farmers'

The Ecologist

26th January,2011

European investment companies continue to tout the biofuel as a 'wonder-crop' despite serious environmental and social impacts - Friends of the Earth report more...
Car exhaust pipe

Europe's push on biofuels 'no better than fossil fuels'

Tom Levitt

8th November,2010

Targets for increasing the use of biofuels to power cars, trains and buses will result in more ecosystems being converted to agriculture - actually increasing carbon emissions, says new report more...

Forget palm oil and soya, microalgae is the next big biofuel source

Matthew Aylott

24th September

Microalgae could help turn the tide on climate change by providing clean, green energy for everything from light bulbs to planes, argues Matthew Aylott. But does the UK have enough space, sunshine - or indeed the stomach - to grow them? more...
A bulldozer

Human response to climate change is making matters worse

Ecologist

19th August, 2010

Our attempts to adapt to, and mitigate, the effects of climate change, such as using biofuels, could worsen the direct effects of climate change on our ecoystems more...
Seaweed

Why we should grow and eat more seaweed

Eifion Rees

20th July, 2010

It's one of the healthiest, most versatile 'weeds' around. Asian countries have enjoyed the benefits for centuries. So where is the market for homegrown UK seaweed? more...
Raju Sona is a smallscale farmer, seen with his only Jatrophal tree at his home farm

Jatropha better suited to local communities, not biofuel markets

Ecologist

6th July, 2010

Study predicts the yields of jatropha will fall in the next decade and that it is better suited to community-level, rather than industrial-scale, production for the biofuel market more...
Roadside camp in Mato Grosso, Brazil

The human cost of 'super-clean' sugar ethanol

Ella Windsor

2nd March, 2010

Brazil is hailed as a biofuels success story - producing and using ethanol from high yielding crops within the country. But those indigenous families who have been displaced by sugar cane cultivation see things differently 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. Andrew Wasley reports 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...
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...

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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...
A study on a variety of GM maize found it may have negative effects on stream life

US used quarter of 2008 grain crop to make biofuel

Ecologist

25th January, 2010

More than a quarter of the total US grain crop was turned into ethanol to fuel cars last year, according to a new analysis 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...
Richmond biodiesel

Councils using chip fat as fuel and road filler

Amy Dickson

5th November, 2009

Richmond council has become the first in the country to run its entire vehicle fleet on 100 per cent recycled biodiesel, while Lincolnshire is using the stuff to patch roads 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...
Big lemon bus driver

CASE STUDY: starting a local biofuel bus service

Jan Goodey

1st October, 2008

Crude oil may be running out, but Brighton's transport revolution is powering up. Jan Goodey meets Tom Druitt, the driving force behind the Big Lemon Bus 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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Food waste: valuable stuff

Biogas: is your council about to waste your waste?

David Strahan

4th August, 2009

Biogas - a methane-rich fuel made from rotting food waste or sewage - has huge potential as a clean, green fuel for the UK. But a perverse web of subsidies, rules and contracts could mean UK councils are about to kiss goodbye to the real power of waste... more...
Algae

ExxonMobil and Venter sign $600 million algae biofuel deal

Ecologist

15th July, 2009

Oli giant ExxonMobil has signed a $600 million deal with controversial genome scientist J Craig Venter to develop biofuels made from algae more...
In the News

Jatropha overtakes food crops in oil swindle

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

The use of the jatropha plant as a source of biofuel has gone from environmental hero to zero in the space of two years. more...

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