Sumatran orangutans' rainforest home faces new threat
06/05/2013 11:29 am
A baby Sumatran orangutan swings playfully on a branch at an Indonesian rescue centre, a far cry from the terror he endured when his pristine rainforest home was razed to the ground.
Marginal land can help meet US biofuel target: study
17/01/2013 9:37 am
Land unfit for growing food could make a big contribution to the United States' biofuel needs with wild-growing, non-grain crops, a study said Wednesday.
Lithuanians recycle Christmas trees into biofuel
08/01/2013 9:17 am
Having brought joy to Lithuanian families over the holidays, Christmas trees will now warm them through the rest of winter after being converted into biofuel.
Water tensions overflow in ex-Soviet Central Asia
21/11/2012 9:19 am
The ex-Soviet states of Central Asia are engaged in an increasingly bitter standoff over water resources, adding another element of instability to the volatile region neighbouring Afghanistan.
Scientists use chemistry to add oomph to biofuel
08/11/2012 9:51 am
Affordable fuel from grasses, trees and plant waste that packs enough of a punch to power a plane? Scientists said Wednesday this can be done using chemistry to boost basic fermentation processes.
New enzyme 'produces more fuel from less corn,' Danish company says
31/10/2012 9:01 am
Danish industrial enzymes maker Novozymes on Tuesday launched an enzyme that it said produces more ethanol from corn, addressing concern that growth in biofuels has come at the expense of food production.
EU, US should abandon biofuels: UN rapporteur
18/10/2012 10:42 am
The European Union and the United States should stop using biofuels as they are hampering food production, the UN's special rapporteur for the right to food Olivier De Schutter told AFP on Wednesday.
EU cuts use of food-based biofuels
18/10/2012 9:11 am
The European Commission said Wednesday that it was cutting targets for the use of biofuels so as to reduce the negative impact on food production and prices.
Biorefining: The new green wave
08/10/2012 9:14 am
Biorefineries and "green chemistry" seem to have a credible future built on a wide range of applications such as cosmetics, plastics and detergents.
Indonesian palm oil company loses permit on illegal logging
01/10/2012 9:01 am
- Indonesia's Aceh province revoked a permit from a palm oil company found to be logging illegally, a spokesman said Friday, in a case seen as a test of the nation's commitment to a deforestation ban.