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22 Apr 16 Palm Oil Industry Fumes as Indonesia Gets Tough on Forest Fires

Palm oil firms have slammed Indonesia’s move to prohibit the use of new land to boost production, saying President Joko Widodo’s latest effort to tackle forest fires could slash jobs and cripple output in the world’s top producer of the ...

08 Apr 16 Biotech breakthrough: Sunlight can be used to produce chemicals and energy

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. The sunlight is ...

16 Mar 16 Late publication of biofuels study raises questions

The European Commission has finally published the Globiom Study on the indirect land use change [ILUC], which it had kept secret and unavailable during the public consultation period for the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2020-2030. The 261-page study ...

16 Mar 16 Decoupling of global emissions and economic growth confirmed

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – stayed flat for the second year in a row, according to analysis of preliminary data for 2015 released today by the International Energy Agency ...

23 Feb 16 Advanced Biofuels Set to Play Key Role in Developing Countries

Advanced biofuels made from non-food biomass, also known second-generation biofuels, have become a commercial reality, a new UNCTAD report concludes. The report, Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives, says that this is happening in the ...

22 Jan 16 Workshop: Landscape management and design for food, bioenergy and the bioeconomy: methodology and governance aspects

There is a need for improved understanding – and promotion – of biomass production in landscapes that generate multiple ecosystem services and support biodiversity. Governance of land use and other activities shaping our landscapes requires methods to assess impacts on ...

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