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Desert greenhouses could harness the sea to grow bioufels

Greenhouses in desert areas near the sea could be used to grow a range of plants including Jatropha according to Guardian Unlimited. The answer lies in using the sun’s energy to evaporate sea water… 

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Biofuels push 260m people in to hunger, ActionAid

The charity Action Aid estimates that 260m people have been driven into fuel poverty by biofuels in a story reported in today’s Guardian Unlimited. Dr Claire Melamed, ActionAid’s head of trade policy says. “The world needs to start again and plan properly. If biofuels areto play a part in a renewable energy strategy we must […]

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D1 oils responds to the Monbiot in the today’s Guardian

D1 Oils’ chairman (Ron) Lord Oxburgh has responded to the Guardian Newspaper’s columnist George Monbiot’s piece on 12 February about biofuels today , you can see the full text of the exchange on in the comments on this post D1 oils says Jatropha is different in Bali. Monbiot is a journalist who makes part of […]

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Food prices and food aid

Food prices are rising and this is putting increasing pressure on food aid, according to the United Nations, and reported in yesterday’s Guardian. That report, which has a list of food hotspots, says: “We will have a problem in coming months,” said Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP). “We will […]

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George Monbiot’s take on biofuels

UK Columnist George Monbiot has turned his gaze on the global bifofuels business, and doesn’t like what he sees. He makes some pretty good, if uncomfortable points about wealthy people’s ability to pay more for food than the poor. He does miss the point that in Swaziland, where there is a shortage of food and […]

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More on biofuels and food

There’s more on biofuels and food in this interesting piece by John Vidal in the Guardian last Wednesday. Amongst other things he says In the US, where nearly 40 million people are below the official poverty line, the Department of Agriculture recently predicted a 10% rise in the price of chicken. The prices of bread, […]

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Biofuels letters in today’s Guardian Newspaper

There are a number of letters about biofuels in Today’s Guardian Online edition. They are broadly positive, with one exception calling for a moratorium on biofuel production so that the impact on the developing world can be assessed. Doubtless this is theoretically a good idea, but as we are dealing with sovereign states, perhaps a […]

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Biofuels emit more carbon than fossil fuels

Increasing production of biofuels to combat climate change will release between two and nine times more carbon gases over the next 30 years than fossil fuels, according to the first comprehensive analysis of emissions from biofuels in today’s Guardian Unlimited. The original work is in Nature, so its hard to read unless you subcribe. But […]

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Biofuels may be green but look increasingly bloody

Biofuels may be green but look increasingly bloody in Columbia, where according to the Guardian on line… Armed groups in Colombia are driving peasants off their land to make way for plantations of palm oil, a biofuel that is being promoted as an environmentally friendly source of energy. Farmers who have been forced off their […]

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Fame at last (among the UK chattering classes)

Fame at last (among the UK chattering classes). The Big Biofuels Blog, almost got mentioned in the Guardian Online (an offshoot of the Guardian, a left-of-centre UK newspaper) see if you can spot the reference about half way through. Its a funny experience being bigged up and made invisible at the same time… There’s a […]

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