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Greenpeace protests against Neste’s palm biofuel plans

Greenpeace is objecting to Neste’s plans to become the world’s largest consumer of plam oil as it ramps up biofuels production, according to a report on ICIS news. Disclosure (I work for ICIS. About ICIS) Neste disputes the pressure group’s claims that it will have an impact on  the level of deforestation in South East […]

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25×25 warns on restricting cellulosic biomass

25×25 a pressure group in the US is warning that some proposed legislation in the US could severely restrict the amount of cellulose available for biofuels in what is effectively a call for managed woodlands. I can see why the Waxman-Markley proposal wants to ensure that the forests are not completely denuded of trees or […]

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California looks at emissions from crop to tail pipe and legislates

California’s newly adopted low-carbon fuel standard may mark the beginning of the end of ethanol, according to a report on Planet Ark. The new legislation examines the carbon impact from seed to tailpipe, which seems sensible. 

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UK has enough land for non-food biofuels — study

A study in the Journal of Applied Ecology says that there is enough land in the UK for non-food biofuels. The abstract, which is copied on envirolation.org says that there is 3.1m Ha of acceptable land in the UK, that’s land that isn’t of great ecological importance “suggesting the UK government target of 1ยท1 million […]

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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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Too much corn could be bad for ladybugs (ladybirds)

Interesting piece on the effects of corn monoculture in the mid-west. Looks like too much corn is bad for ladybugs (ladybirds), but probably good news for people who make pesticide… Hattip to Biofuelwatch

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Journal of Conservation Biology slams palm oil plantations

According to a report on the BBC today, the Journal of Conservation Biology says that palm oil plantations are bad for biodiversity in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. It takes a higher degree, a research grant and the whole peer-review process to decided that planting one species where there were many hundreds reduces biodiversity… […]

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Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government

Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government, according to a report in the Jakarta Post. Here’s the extract Agriculture Minister AntonApriyantono on Tuesday defended Indonesia’s drive to expand oil palmplantations, despite a demand by environmentalists for a moratorium ondeforestation. Speaking in his keynote address at the opening of the sixth annualmeeting of the […]

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Pertamina launches biodisel in Indonesia

Palm oil biodiesel is being sold to industry by Pertamina, Indonesia’s state oil company, says Planet Ark. There is no comment about sustainabilty, or biodiversity. Indonesia sees this as one move to reduce dependency on foreign oil.

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EPA may investigage corn ethanol’s environmental credentials

The US Environmental Protection Agency,  may start investigating the environmental benefits of corn ethanol processes, according to a post on Chemically Green, which quotes a letter from Friends of the Earth and others to the EPA. The thrust of the letter is that the EPA should consider all of the effects of changing land use […]

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