27 Jun '11, 5pm

Could biofuels actually save the rainforest?

Production of biofuel from palm oil has been an unmitigated disaster for the rainforest, leading to clear-cutting throughout Indonesia and propelling that country to the top ranks of the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters. That's why it's so strange that biologist Willie Smits, last seen cooking up a plan to save orangutans , thinks that biofuels could actually save the rainforest. Smits’ plan is simple: instead of oil palms, locals will plant the Arenga sugar palm, which can only grow in a mixed, intact rainforest. He’s calculated that Arenga palms planted in otherwise undisturbed rainforest can produce 7.7 tons of ethanol per acre annually (or 19 tons per hectare), which is four times as much as can be produced from Brazil's sugar cane, and nearly six times as much as you can wring out of an acre of Iowa corn. To produce at this rate, the hardy palms, which are drou...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-27-how-rainforests-can-...

Tweets

Can Biofuels Save Sub-Saharan Africa?: Two researchers see great potential for biofuel crops on marginal lands.

Can Biofuels Save Sub-Saharan Africa?: Two rese...

green.blogs.nytimes.com 28 Jun '11, 2pm

Jacob Silberberg for The New York Times A man sprays pesticide on a farm in Sangalkam, Senegal. When soaring food prices, ...

The Scoop On Organic Produce - The Alternative Consumer: Men's Health and the Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The Scoop On Organic Produce - The Alternative ...

alternativeconsumer.com 26 Jun '11, 3pm

Men’s Health and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) are on a mission to find out if organic food is really worth all ...

Ed Glaeser: Locally grown produce can shove it:...

grist.org 21 Jun '11, 5pm

Ed Glaeser, everyone's favorite urban economist, loves density and (he says) local, seasonal oysters. But he also says tha...

Strategic petroleum reserves: The world's last ...

energybulletin.net 26 Jun '11, 5pm

World governments have collectively poured trillions of dollars of stimulative spending into the world economy since the c...

Dying to save the rainforest

grist.org 16 Jun '11, 7pm

At the end of May, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Mario do Espírito Santo, were killed . Both lived in Brazil...

Court rules California’s cap-and-trade program can advance

Court rules California’s cap-and-trade program ...

grist.org 27 Jun '11, 6pm

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . After a period of legal uncertainty, a California court has ruled that the state can ...

Local bloggers @rediscover_SG produce 10-part w...

todayonline.com 29 Jun '11, 3am

SINGAPORE - An ageing baker in a traditional bakery, an old-style playground and a Chinese street opera - these are among ...

Scientific American op-ed: Kill biofuels to sol...

grist.org 17 Jun '11, 12pm

With the Senate, on a second attempt, successfully passing an amendment to end the 45 cent per gallon ethanol subsidy for ...