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Ethanol myth shattered: Corn biofuels release more greenhouse gases than gasoline

5/12/2014 - Corn-derived biofuels release even more greenhouse gases than conventional gasoline, according to a study published in Nature Climate Change on April 20. The $500,000 study, which was funded by the federal government, is expected to be a setback for the Obama administration's plan to promote such...

Shock study: Corn biofuels cause more global warming than fossil fuels

4/21/2014 8:20:42 AM - A new study shows that biofuels which are manufactured from leftover materials of harvested corn are worse than gasoline in causing harmful atmospheric emissions in the short term, a finding that challenges the government's assertions that they are a much cleaner alternative to help combat climate change. According...

Nestle blames biofuels for skyrocketing food inflation

7/25/2012 - You want to know why food prices are climbing all over the world? Well, the head of Nestle, the world's largest food manufacturer, says it's because we are increasingly burning our food for fuel. In fact, company chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe declared recently, we have begun to rely on food-produced...

Food bubble collapse threatens survival of human civilization

1/18/2011 - The following article originally ran on NaturalNews in 2008 but was shifted over to which ultimately got replaced with political cartoons. In light of today's sudden attention on the food bubble and the possible collapse of human civilization as described by author and environmentalist...

Biofuels worse than fossil fuels, says expert

11/28/2010 - Biofuels have become all the rage among many environmental and sustainably-minded advocacy groups as a way to end dependence on foreign oil, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and create a "greener" tomorrow. But Andreas Spath, PhD, an expert in the field of geochemistry, says that biofuels are actually...

Biofuels emit 400 percent more CO2 than regular fuels

8/10/2010 - A recent report issued by the European Union has revealed that biofuels, or fuel made from living, renewable sources, is not really all that beneficial to the environment. Rather than reduce the net carbon footprint as intended, biofuels can produce four times more carbon dioxide pollution than conventional...

Biofuels Bust: Not as Good for the Climate as Previously Calculated

3/10/2010 - By failing to take the larger ecological impacts of biofuels production into account, scientists have allowed governments to present the fuels as better for the world's climate and environment than they really are, according to a paper published in the journal Science. This has put the debate over biofuels...

Scientists Warn Against Sudden Shift to Biofuels; Climate May be Harmed, not Helped

8/20/2008 - Scientists have increasingly warned that a hasty switch from fossil fuels to biofuels may actually accelerate global warming rather than helping to avert it, leading U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown to declare his opposition to new European Union biofuel standards that will soon be going into effect. Recent...

Using Land to Grow Biofuels a Net Loss for Environment

8/17/2008 - The production and use of biofuels such as ethanol would contribute to global warming more than simply using gasoline, according to two studies published in the journal Science. One study, conducted by a scientist from the Nature Conservancy and researchers from the University of Minnesota, concluded...

The Biofuels Scam, Food Shortages and the Coming Collapse of the Human Population

4/23/2008 - It was one of the dumbest "green" ideas ever proposed: Convert millions of acres of cropland into fields for growing ethanol from corn, then burn fossil fuels to harvest the ethanol, expending more energy to extract the fuel than you get from the fuel itself! Meanwhile, sit back and proclaim you've...

Understanding the Transition From Seed Corn to Biofuels

3/21/2008 - We are about to witness and experience the greatest sustained rise in grain prices seen in the last 30 years. This rise will include wheat, rice, and maize; these three comprising over 90% of all grains cultivated on the planet. Let's do some digging to figure out what is causing this sharp increase. The...

Are Biofuels a Biofoolish Proposition? New Research Says Yes

2/28/2008 - Biofuels may be doing more harm than good, according to two new studies published in the journal Science. According to the researchers, production of most biofuels may actually cause more pollution than they offset when the production cycle is examined comprehensively. Biofuels are any fuel made...

Biofuels worse for the environment than fossil fuels, study warns

10/11/2007 - Far from being a solution to the global ecological crisis induced by fossil fuels, biofuels may "offer a cure that is worse than the disease they seek to cure," a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has concluded. "When acidification, fertilizer use, biodiversity...

Global switch to biofuels could spike food prices and harm the environment

10/2/2007 - A worldwide spike in biofuels production could do more harm than good if managed improperly, according to a report released by UN-Energy, an interagency body of the United Nations devoted to developing plans for sustainable energy systems, particularly in Third World countries. The report, "Sustainable...

China's new biofuels project may level forests to make way for "clean" energy farming

8/24/2007 - The rapid expansion of the Chinese biofuels industry, along with the government's stated plans to convert huge swaths of forest into biofuels plantations, has many environmentalists worried for southwest China's unique ecologies. In January, China's State Forestry Administration (SFA) announced an...

Researchers identify energy gains and environmental impacts of corn ethanol and soybean biodiesel (press release)

9/12/2006 - The first comprehensive analysis of the full life cycles of soybean biodiesel and corn grain ethanol shows that biodiesel has much less of an impact on the environment and a much higher net energy benefit than corn ethanol, but that neither can do much to meet U.S. energy demand. The study will...

Crops being engineered for biofuels production, but ecological concerns persist

9/11/2006 - Biofuels are just one renewable energy source being considered as the price of fossil fuels continues to soar, but a group of scientists has taken the idea one step further by developing genetically engineered crops for use as biofuels. The idea has been adopted by many big names in the chemical...

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