Wednesday, 23 March 2011

New study reveals biofuels carbon con

Jatropha plantation (RSPB)
''African biofuels destined for Europe will result in up to six times the carbon emissions of fossil fuels, a new study has revealed.
The report, commissioned by the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), ActionAid and Nature Kenya (BirdLife Partner), focuses on the Dakatcha Woodlands in Kenya which are set to be destroyed to make way for jatropha plantations.''

''The area is also a global biodiversity hotspot and home to a number of globally threatened animal and bird species including the spectacular Fischer’s Turaco Tauraco fischeri, Southern Banded Snake-eagle Circaetus fasciolatus, Sokoke Scop-owl Otus ireneae, and  Sokoke Pipit Anthus sokokensis. Clarke’s Weaver Ploceus golandi is found in only two places on earth and is threatened with extinction if the plantation goes ahead.''


Source: Birdlife International

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