Biofuels: reports on a global disaster

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Annie Bird: Biofuels, Mass Evictions and Violence Build on the Legacy of the 1978 Panzos Massacre in Guatemala: Internationally-funded Guatemalan bio-fuel interests evict Mayan Qeqchi families from their historic lands, destroying homes and crops, killing one, injuring more, while thousands are without food or shelter.

Climate and Capitalism: Jatropha Biofuel Project: Emissions Up to Six Times Greater Than Fossil FuelsA new study from Kenya shows that jatropha, which has been promoted as a “wonder fuel,” is a disaster for the environment and for the people the plantations displaced. A biofuel currently considered a green, renewable alternative to oil could cause up to six times more carbon emissions than fossil fuels, a study by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, ActionAid and Nature Kenyahas revealed. The report comes as petroleum once again climbs above $100 a barrel, pushing the demand for biofuel sky high.

BBC: Former workers at a biofuels plant near Hull are holding their biggest protest so far against the cancellation of their contracts. Redhall Engineering Solutions (RES) employees lost their jobs at Saltend Chemicals near Hull earlier this month after the project fell behind schedule.

Wales Today: Agency responsible for regulating biofuels entering the UK market and encouraging their sustainability is to close on March 31. The Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) is to be dissolved as part of a wider review of arms-length government bodies

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