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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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US wind power generation grows 45% in 2007

News

23rd January, 2008

The American Wind Energy Association has announced that 2007 US wind power generation made up 30 per cent of all new power generation in 2007 with 5,244 megawatts of new wind turbines installed in 2007 can power about 1.5 million U.S. homes. more...
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Food and energy: a clash of giants

Maryann Bird

18th October, 2007

Two critical markets are pursuing a stressed planet’s renewable resources, presenting policymakers with complex and difficult choices. The Worldwatch Institute’s latest look at Earth’s “vital signs” sees dangerous times ahead as the “sustainability crisis” unfolds. China Dialogue's Maryann Bird investigates 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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Less waste, more speed

Jeremy Smith & Jon Hughes

29th March, 2007

Growing crops to solve the planet’s energy needs doesn’t work. Recycling the energy in our waste just might have a significant part to play. By Jeremy Smith & Jon Hughes more...
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The next genetic revolution?

Robin Maynard & Pat Thomas

29th March, 2007

We didn’t want GM on your table, but the crucial question now is, will we allow it in our tanks? Robin Maynard and Pat Thomas report more...
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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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Biofuels Report: Introduction

Pat Thomas

1st March, 2007

In his final State of the Union address, George Bush announced his support for the adoption of biofuels on a massive scale. But is the plan such a good idea? By Pat Thomas more...
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Ecologist Special Report: Biofuels

Ecologist

1st March, 2007

The world fervour for biofuels continues to grow at an alarming pace. In this comprehensive special report, the Ecologist examines the facts, fictions and fabrications behind this ballooning industry. The results are worrying... more...
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Factories Around the World Consider Halting Production of Biofuels as Price Soars

News

26th February, 2007

Less than a month after George Bush used his State of the Union address to announce that the US would use biofuels to achieve energy independence, companies across the globe are threatening to stop production because of rising prices. more...
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Biofuels - facts and fiction

Mark Anslow

19th February, 2007

The claims for biofuels make it seem truly a wonder crop. Mark Anslow separates the wheat from the chaff more...

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