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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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Biofuels from timber, perhaps you should be in Vienna now

Oh the things you find out too late to do much about. That’s what comes of thinking strategically of other things. Anyway. It’s European Forest week at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. NOW. The website says European Forest Week 2008 celebrates the contribution of European forests in mitigating climate change, providing wood […]

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Biofuels subsidies at root of carbon dioxide problem

Subsidies for biofuels in the UK could be much better spent in environmental terms by helping the developing world cut back on the generation of carbon dioxide from deforestation and using unsustainable fuels such as peat, according to the Policy exchange in a report The Root of the Matter. The report calls for better valuation […]

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Just how much forest waste is there?

Thinking about my response to the earlier post in Huffington post about using food crops to make biofuels, I started looking at the amount of fuel that could be generated from existing forest materials such as brush wood. There’s a paper on Science direct which gives this as the yield from scrub in Galicia (northern […]

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Subsituting soy for corn leads to deforestation in Brazil

Subsituting soy for wheat leads to deforestation in Brazil, according to story in Science just before Christmas. According to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’ many American soy farmers are shifting to corn to qualify for the government subsidies. Since 2006, US corn production rose 19% while soy farming fell by 15%. Its worth reading the […]

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The carbon footprint of biofuels and petrofuels

SRIC’s Carbon Footprint of Biofuels & Petrofuels report suggests that… land use is so critical [to the environmental impact of biofuels] that – at least from a global warming viewpoint – northern European farmers should plant trees and burn petrodiesel rather than plant rapeseed for biodiesel. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced more by converting a […]

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China Philippine deal could lead to more deforestation

Up to 8.8m hectares (33, 980 square miles) of the Philippines could be turned into biofuel plantations under an agreement between the Phillippine and Chinese governments, according to IBON, a Philippine consultancy quoted on ABS-CBN interactive. Last week, the Department of Agrarian Reform had announced it was looking at 400,000 to 500,000 hectares of land […]

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Indonesian forests under palm oil threat

Indioneisa’s tropical forests are under threat from illegal logging and palm oil plantations, according to a report in today’s Planet Ark. “Sixty percent of the protected and conservation areas are already badly damaged due to illegal logging and palm oil plantations,” Rully Sumada, a forestry expert with Indonesian environmental group Walhi, told Reuters. Shades of […]

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Lets talk trees

Lets talk trees for a bit. There is a growing realisation that diverting corn or other food sources into fuel is likely to have severe impacts on the world’s ability to feed itself, or at least that the price of food is likely to rise dramatically.  What does that leave, as renewable alternatives? Wood, grass, biomass […]

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Brazilian dilemmas

Two interesting and contrasting views on how biofuels could affect the Brazilian ecosystem are outlined in Ethablog and biopact. Ethablog looks at the common interests between Archer Daniels Midland and the governor of Matto Grosso state. Biopact wonders whether Brazil could produce enough bioethanol to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and slow global […]

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