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2009-06-05 14:40:41

Writing in the peer-reviewed journal Conservation Letters on Friday, researchers noted that a system of selling credits to reduce carbon emissions in the Indonesian rainforest could provide a feasible method of conservation. Authors of the new report stated that paying to reduce rainforest carbon emissions could actually amount to more income than initiatives to use the deforested land for palm oil production. Lead researcher Oscar Venter, from the University of Queensland, focused his study...

2009-06-05 07:30:00

New study is among first to show benefits that carbon payments could have for populations of endangered large mammals in tropical forests A new report published yesterday provides compelling evidence that paying to conserve billions of tons of carbon stored in tropical forests could also protect orangutans, pygmy elephants, and other wildlife at risk of extinction. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Conservation Letters, is one of the first to offer quantitative evidence...

2009-05-01 09:51:37

In the last decade, Asian farmers have cleared tens of thousands of square miles of forests to accommodate the world's growing demand for palm oil, an increasingly popular food ingredient. Ancient peatlands have been drained and lush tropical forests have been cut down. As a result, the landscape of equatorial Asia now lies vulnerable to fires, which are growing more frequent and having a serious impact on the air as well as the land. A team of NASA-sponsored researchers have used satellites...

2009-03-24 13:27:51

Oil palm cultivation is a significant driver of tropical forest destruction across Southeast Asia. It could easily become a threat to the Amazon rainforest because of a proposed change in Brazil's legislation, new infrastructure and the influence of foreign agro-industrial firms in the region, according to William F. Laurance, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Laurance and Rhett A. Butler, founder of environmental science Web site Mongabay.com, warn in...

2009-03-07 10:45:00

Finland's Neste Oil said on Friday that cars in Europe and North America might soon be powered on diesel made from palm oil, vegetable oil and animal fat in Singapore, the AFP reported. The Finnish oil company has picked Singapore to build the world's biggest biodiesel plant at a cost of $776 million. The company said it was also looking to market the fuel in Japan and South Korea. Once it becomes operational next year, the plant will have an annual capacity of 800,000 tons and will...

2009-03-02 10:35:00

When the price of oil skyrocketed, the prospect of developing biofuel as an alternative raised the excitement of ambitious members of Southeast Asia to jump onboard. Since then, the price of crude oil has seen a sharp drop due to the lack of global demand. In July 2008, the price of crude oil peaked at $147 and now lies below $37. Malaysia and Indonesia produce most of the world's palm oil, which is a mixture of diesel and five percent processed palm oil. But when the price of oil dropped,...

2009-02-05 08:00:00

WASHINGTON and MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Resources Institute (WRI) and NewPage Corporation today announce a partnership to protect forests in Indonesia. NewPage will substantially fund WRI's "Project POTICO" (Palm Oil, Timber, Carbon Offsets), an initiative to combat illegal logging and preserve virgin rainforests in Indonesia by diverting new oil palm plantations to degraded lands. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080514/NEWPAGELOGO ) To view the...

2009-02-03 03:22:00

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- There is huge potential for biofuel production in sub-Saharan African countries such as Nigeria, Uganda and Angola, provided there is a concerted effort from key stakeholders. The production of feedstock and the fuel itself would ultimately lead to socio-economic improvement and, with the correct implementation and management, the controversy about feedstock used for fuel vs. food can be resolved. (Logo:...

2009-02-02 10:47:59

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is urging Pennsylvania's governor to ignore a recommendation opposing banning artificial trans fat in foods. A task force recommended Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and the state's lawmakers reject a proposed legislative phase-out of the harmful food ingredient. But CSPI urged the state to adopt the legislation requiring restaurants to phase out artificial trans fat -- the heart-attack-inducing fat that comes from partially hydrogenated oil. The...

2008-12-10 16:41:04

Researchers in Nevada are reporting that waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap, abundant, and environmentally friendly source of biodiesel fuel for powering cars and trucks. Their study has been published online in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. In the new study, Mano Misra, Susanta Mohapatra, and Narasimharao Kondamudi note that the major barrier to wider use of biodiesel fuel is lack of a low-cost, high quality...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'