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A new study published in the journal Chemistry and Industry concludes that biodiesel made from rapeseed will increase rather than reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional diesel. Looking at the full lifecycle emissions of biodiesel and conventional diesel, the authors of the study concluded that biodiesel produces two thirds of its greenhouse gas emissions… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I am not a big fan of Thomas Friedman’s ideas on globalisation (“The World is Flat”), but his analyis on the “power of green” in the International Herald Tribune (a reprint from the NY Times Magazine) on Sunday 15th is certainly worth spending a few words on. In the 10-page article, Friedman argues that the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In the week from 2-6 April, the European Commission will be the centre of attention for anyone monitoring climate change policies, as the IPCC’s second 2007 Assessment Report will be presented to the press at the end of this week. But before that, government delegates will make sure all the hard-hitting edges of the report… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Since it became politically fashionable in the 1980s, the word “sustainable” has become so vague and misused that several ecologists have advised to give it up alltogether. American journalist and writer Richard Heinberg tries to rehabilitate the the term in one of his latest essays. He offers five axioms of sustainability which should form the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer