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Converting trees to wood pellets latest “green energy” gold rush

By Jamie Doward / The Observer Britain’s new generation of biomass power stations will have to source millions of tonnes of wood from thousands of miles away if they are to operate near to their full capacity, raising questions about the claims made for the sustainability of the new technology. Ministers believe biomass technology could […]

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BREAKDOWN: Substitutability or Sustainability?

By Joshua Headley / Deep Green Resistance New York “Sustainability” is the buzzword passed around nearly every environmental and social justice circle today. For how often the word is stated, those who use it rarely articulate what it is that they are advocating. And because the term is applied so compulsively, while simultaneously undefined, it […]

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BREAKDOWN: The Time Lag of Irreversible Change

By Joshua Headley / Deep Green Resistance New York If you’ve been a sentient being for the last few months, you’ve probably been watching some of the most curious weather events happening throughout the world. Of particular concern for many scientists has been the Arctic sea ices melt, which dropped to its lowest level on […]

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Mexican communities organizing against wind farms

By Inter Press Service “We can’t sow our fields, which they have rented for next to nothing. What good do we get out of it?” Guadalupe Ramírez complained about wind farms operating in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Ramírez said, “the governments play favourites with big business; our land produces more than what the […]

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BREAKDOWN: The Efficiency of Green Energy

By Joshua Headley / Deep Green Resistance New York We ought not at least to delay dispersing a set of plausible fallacies about the economy of fuel, and the discovery of substitutes [for coal], which at present obscure the critical nature of the question, and are eagerly passed about among those who like to believe […]

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Biofuel company charged with bulldozing Asian elephant habitat

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay A biofuel plantation near Yala National Park has landed Lanka Orex Leasing Company PLC (LOLC) in Sri Lanka’s highest court. Environmentalists say the company is illegally bulldozing Asian elephant habitat, including scrubland and tree stands, near the buffer zone of Yala National Park for gliricidia (Gliricidia sepium) biofuel plantation. “This […]

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Indigenous resistance forces Malaysia to scale back twelve dam megaproject

By Agence France-Presse A Malaysian state minister Friday said the government would not push ahead with building a dozen new dams on Borneo island, acknowledging they have caused outrage from local tribes and environmentalists. The proposals sparked fears that the dams would destroy pristine rainforests, endanger wildlife, and displace natives in Sarawak, a Malaysian state […]

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New report shows “green” biofuels made from palm oil accelerating climate change

By Bangor University Growing oil palm to make ‘green’ biofuels in the tropics could be accelerating the effects of climate change, say scientists. Researchers from Bangor University found the creation of oil palm plantations are releasing prehistoric sources of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. The findings throw into doubt hopes that biofuels grown in […]

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Armed indigenous community forces Petroamazonas to abandon oil project in Ecuador

By Jonathan Watts / The Guardian An indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon has won a reprieve after building up an arsenal of spears, blowpipes, machetes and guns to fend off an expected intrusion by the army and a state-run oil company. The residents of Sani Isla expressed relief that a confrontation with Petroamazonas did […]

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Coal set to rival oil as world’s primary energy source by 2017

By Fiona Harvey / The Guardian Coal is likely to rival oil as the world’s biggest source of energy in the next five years, with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate, according to the world’s leading authority on energy economics. One of the biggest factors behind the rise in coal use has been the massive […]

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