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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...
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...
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...

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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...
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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