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Not farming is better for carbon emissions than corn-ethanol

Tree Hugger has one of those articles which show that doing nothing produces fewer carbon emissions than growing corn for ethanol. Well Duh.Let’s turn this on its head. If we stopped using oil-powered vehicles then we would not need to use any gasoline. Yhat sounds plain silly.  The fact is we have a need to travel, […]

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FAO’s case studies on small-scale bioenergy initiatives

The FAO has pdf on the impacts that small scale biofuels initiatives have had on the lives of participants in the developing world. It is downloadable as a PDF.  The report is interesting because it approaches the users and producers of biofuels as being market participants. 

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The Malaysian Minster of Plantation Indusries on sustainability

The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries spoke exclusively to the World Refinning Association ahead of the Asian Biofuels Roundtable to be held in Malaysia at 23-25 March. It is interesting that there is no discussion of prior informed consent of the people who live in the land and who may not be farmers. He is […]

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Sugar cane ethanol and Brazil

There’s a piece entitled Why the Promise of Biofuels is a lie by Robert Bryce. It is pretty anti biofuels, mainly ethanol, it doesn’t talk about biodiesel. It is worth looking at for the way it pulls together a couple of sources on the plight of Brazilian sugar cane harvesters. Their lot is pretty hard. But […]

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Belgium and Netherlands may grow GM poplars for biofuels

Belgium and the Netherlands may find themselves in a race to grow the first GM poplars for biofuels. According to a story in Nature Biotechnology and quoted by Biofuel Watch in an email, the Dutch Government may approve the planting of poplars for biofuel. If you can get to a library, you can see the […]

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Will water be the limiting factor in biofuel production?

I have blogged in the past about the relationship between water and biofuels. There can’t be conventional grain-based biofuels without water. But there was an interesting post on EurActive a little earlier today in response to the annual Davos meeting. This year it produced a  Water Initiative. Buried deep (page 22),the Davos report it suggests […]

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CORRECTED: Two Jatropha projects in India

CORRECTEDLinks sorted out.Two Jatropha to biofuels projects have got under way in India in the past two days. According to the SindhToday 100 million Jatropha saplings have been planted in Chhattisgarth. Meanwhile Sulekha.com has Bharat Petroleum to invest Rupee 21.31bn ($438m) in a biodisel project. Good to see India looking to non-food crops to boost […]

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The corn-ethanol carbon balance argument again

There is an interesting video on Climate Central about the amount of carbon dioxide produced when ethanol is made from corn grown in the mid-West of the US. Hard to tell who is right in this debate (if any one is) the different premises are all important and few people seem to try and compare […]

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More on Moringa

This site claims to be the global news centre for Moringa,  a plant which might be a potential biofuel source. Moringa can also be used for food, if you read the comments on this earlier post about Moringa. 

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More on Jatropha

I’ve just stumbled on this website about Jatropha.  It talks about the way that using Jatropha as hedging material, it is possible to increase cultivatable land. I am not sure if that works if water is scarce…

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