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The global biomass robbery

Palm oil is a booming business. While also used for cooking and in processed foods, over half of all palm oil produced now goes into soaps, cosmetics, biodiesel and other …

Patterns of global biomass trade

EJOLT Report 20: Patterns of global biomass trade The report can be downloaded here Abstract In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, global trade in agricultural products grew more than three times …

Soma, Ermenek, Yirca: Can Anti-Coal Activists Defend Coal Miners and Olive Farmers?

By Ethemcan Turhan. The coal-mining town of Soma in the western Aegean region of Turkey hardly made headlines until last May. A mining disaster that took the lives of 301 …

Colombia’s environmental conflicts

By Joan Martinez-Alier. Thanks to Mario A. Perez’s work on the EJOLT inventory of environmental conflicts supported by his research students at CINARA and the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, …

Human appropriation of biomass energy doubled in the 20th century

By Nick Meynen. How do we measure the scale of human activities compared to natural processes? As we evolved from a world almost empty of humans to a full world, that …

The sinking shipping industry: dream or nightmare?

By Nick Meynen. Warren Buffet¬†is bearish on the shipping industry. The Economist blames all sorts of green regulations for their troubled waters. But while the industry presents itself as green and …

Industrial tree plantations in the global South for energy in Europe: a crazy idea?

By Winnie Overbeek.¬† Some years ago, a Dutch consultant approached the World Rainforest Movement to give comments on an idea. On behalf of his government, he was researching the viability of …