News Biofuel

Producing biofuels without increasing greenhouse...

Tue, 19/03/2013
A recent report about the Dutch biofuels market, compiled by research institute CE Delft, reveals that the environmental performance of biofuels sold on the Dutch market could be significantly improved by shifting to biofuels that produce low levels of CO2 emissions.

Guided by science, Kenyan authority rejects the...

Fri, 24/02/2012
Following a campaign led by Nature Kenya, supported by other BirdLife Partners, Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has officially rejected a proposal to convert 10,000 hectares of Dakatcha Woodland IBA to grow the biofuel crop jatropha.

Planning process for Tana River Delta under way!

Tue, 11/10/2011
A high-level meeting has stated the need for a strategic plan for the Delta.

Kenya’s environment authority advises jatropha is...

Fri, 02/09/2011
Hope rise that the planting of the biofuel crop jatropha within the Coast region of Kenya is to halt.

EU postpones cleanup of biofuels policy again

Wed, 05/01/2011
Hopes of a sustainable future for EU biofuels policy have been dealt a blow following the European Commission's decision to delay a critical decision on how to account for the impacts of 'indirect land use change' (ILUC).

Debate heating up on biofuels – BirdLife’s...

Wed, 08/12/2010
Biofuels are any kind of fuel derived from living things. In principle, they are a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional fossil fuels like oil and coal. It is also estimated that emissions from burning biofuels are broadly comparable to the amount of the gas absorbed from the atmosphere when the biofuel plants are grown. Sounds great. Right? Sadly not...

Europe’s biofuels plans driving social and...

Thu, 18/11/2010
New research warns of massive increase in carbon emissions and land conversion through the use of biofuels in Europe.

Biofuels policy threatens wildlife habitats

Tue, 16/11/2010
Meeting a European target to use biofuel in Britain’s 30 million cars will result in the destruction of an area of wildlife habitat the size of the West Country, a study has found...

Large-scale biofuels production threatens...

Tue, 26/10/2010
Current demand for biofuels is leading to conversion of natural habitats, on a huge and potentially catastrophic scale.

Delta blues lift slightly - by Andre Farrar (RSPB...

Wed, 06/10/2010
The Tana River Delta on Kenya’s coast is at cross-roads. The massive pressure to exploit the area for growing sugar and biofuel crops amongst other development pressure is forcing an intense campaign to ensure that the delta’s peerless natural environment...

Biofuels and biodiversity – Policy Briefing

Sat, 02/10/2010
BirdLife International welcomes the CBD’s consideration of the impacts of biofuels on biodiversity1. The draft COP-10 decisions refer to minimising the negative impacts of biofuel production on biodiversity and maximising the benefits.

Green State of Nature Address

Mon, 20/09/2010
Last Thursday, the Green Con-vergence for Safe Food and Healthy Environment, a loose coalition of networks and NGOs, held its third Green State of Nature Address (SONA). We were very appreciative that DENR Secretary Ramon Paje stayed the entire day to hear out our long complaints, urgent pleas and sturdy arguments particularly on forestry issues and mining.

How BirdLife is conserving tropical forests -...

Thu, 16/09/2010
Tropical forests are disappearing at a rate of one football pitch per second - more than 10 million hectares per year. These losses are driven by global demand for timber, paper and land for food crops and bio-fuels. BirdLife's work has shown that 913 species worldwide are threatened by forest destruction and degradation; that's almost one in ten of the world's birds.

A narrow escape for Nature Kenya staff

Tue, 06/07/2010
Nature Kenya (BirdLife Partner) staff, two journalists, and Kenya Wildlife Service rangers escaped death narrowly in Mulunguni village, Magarini District, when they were attacked by people said to be working for an Italian investor on Friday July 2, 2010.