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OK, can we please stop pretending biofuel
made from corn is helping the planet and the environment? With huge subsidies for ethanol in gasoline, with all States now selling gasoline having some ethanol blend, and a general misconception that ...
Scientists have been given permission to grow genetically modified plants that could help protect against heart disease.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has given the go-ahead for the field trial of a crop ...
Providing water for our still growing human population is reaching crisis levels. Water is vital for agriculture, energy production and industrial processes worldwide. Floods and droughts in Asia, Latin America, Europe
and the United States ...
Fuel made from waste could replace 16% of all the fuel used on Europe
an roads by 2030, cutting spending on oil imports and boosting the rural economy by up to EUR15bn, according to a joint report by industry and NGOs.
The paper, whose ...
In more than half of Europe
an countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops, according to new research.
Scientists believe that a boom in biofuel
s has sparked a massive increase in the need for pollination.
The UK faces a food security catastrophe because of its very low numbers of honeybee colonies, which provide an essential service in pollinating many crops, scientists warned on Wednesday.
New research reveals that honeybees provide just ...
"There are human and natural factors acting in the climate system, and understanding all the factors influencing our climate is an ongoing scientific goal. But the current increase in CO2 and its effects on our planet are attributed to human ...
Matt Adam Williams explains why yesterday's Europe
an Parliament vote will likely have environmentally negative impacts on the other side of the world.....This morning I awoke to the sound of bearded pigs rustling in the undergrowth and ...
an parliament has delivered a "desperately weak compromise" on the future of biofuel
s in Europe
that industry says will "curtail jobs and investment".
In a tight vote on the use of biofuel
s in transport fuel, the parliament ...
Palm oil imports into Europe
for use as car fuel increased by more than three-fold since 2006, raising concerns than renewable fuels targets may be contributing to deforestation, displacing marginalized communities, and driving greenhouse gas ...
s reaches a critical stage on Wednesday with a scheduled vote by the Europe
an parliament on proposed limits on the use of crop-based fuels.The plenary vote in Strasbourg comes amid lobbying by the industry to push back ...
The government is being urged to back moves to curb the use of biofuel
s in Europe
amid concerns they are causing hunger in poor countries and contributing to climate change.
The heads of Oxfam, ActionAid, Greenpeace and Friends of the ...
After two years of study, President Obama this week defined the criteria for what will be one of the signature decisions of his presidency: the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry heavy crude from here to American refineries must not ...
PREVENT LAND GRABBINGAn ugly side of current scares over future food supply is wealthy, land-poor states, like those in the Gulf and South Korea, acquiring tracts of undeveloped countries to use as allotments. It is a campaigning cause of ...
What started in 1970 as a teach-in about the environment has expanded year by year until Earth Day actions this year include more than one billion people in some 192 countries.
Many people are taking photos of their climate change ...
will lag China, Japan and the United States unless it embraces a proposed law requiring millions of new refuelling points across the Europe
an Union for electric and natural gas vehicles, the EU transport boss said on Monday.
Every winter, a heavy haze of pollution envelops many Asian cities.
The smog is a local hazard: Reduced visibility grounded planes in New Delhi in December, while toxic amounts of particulate matter kept Beijing residents indoors several ...
In the tiny tortillerias of this city, people complain ceaselessly about the high price of corn. Just three years ago, one quetzal — about 15 cents — bought eight tortillas; today it buys only four. And eggs have tripled in price because chickens ...
is now in a race against the climate. With little hope of a global deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions, temperature rises of 3 or 4 °C above preindustrial levels are likely before 2100. That means countries have just decades to ...
an Commission has approved a scheme that would certify as sustainable transport fuel made from palm oil, condemned by environmental groups as one of the most damaging sources of biodiesel.
The Commission made public on Tuesday ...
New EU rules to limit how much food can be made into biofuel
s are "not perfect" and make it harder to achieve overall goals on switching to low carbon energy, Europe
an Commissioners said on Wednesday.
But they insisted the proposals sent ...
Global clean energy investment looks to be heading for a dip this year following a weak performance over the third quarter of 2012.
A total of $56.6bn was invested from July to September, a five per cent drop on the previous quarter and ...
'It's possibly,' someone remarked to me this week, "one of the worst things ever to come out of Brussels.' Quite a condemnation, everything considered -- and all the more so for coming from an Action Aid campaigner against poverty and climate ...
's multibillion-euro biodiesel industry has been dealt a blow by major policy
changes outlined by the EU climate commissioner on Friday.
The changes proposed by Connie Hedegaard will limit food-based biofuel
s to 5%, just above the ...
an Union plans to cap the use of food-based biofuel
s are a major setback for an industry once seen playing a central role in the fight against climate change, but now more often cast as the villain following a series of global food price ...