Is global biofuel policy palming off our responsibilities?

The majority of the world has united behind a common cause – climate change. We as a species have noticed the world is changing and have, quite rightly, looked back at our own actions to see what changes we could make to save the world, and the cutting of emissions is a vital job. One of the ways to do this is to use biofuels – liquid fuels for use in internal combustion engines that are from a non-fossil source, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But what exactly are these sources, I hear you say – the question often asked by people outside the “biofuels bubble.” Corn, wheat, soybeans, rapeseed, canola, used cooking oil… to name but a few, all of them viable feedstocks for biofuels. Some others have drawn criticism in recent years, such as tallow (animal fat) – put simply, the fatty offcuts of animals, many of which were slaughtered for human consumption. But especially palm oil, which has become almost a scapegoat for deforestation across much of Southeast Asia, blamed for creating monocultures and killing orangutans. So are these viable ways to manage our greenhouse gas emissions – or are we, as humans, doing more harm than… continue reading

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