The Cost of Hunger: Drought Only One Factor Behind High Food Prices

The Cost of Hunger: Drought Only One Factor Behind High Food Prices

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2012

The severe drought in the US has been blamed the rising prices of agricultural commodities. But that is only part of the story: Biofuels, financial speculation and changing dietary habits are also playing a role. The global food supply faces pressure from all sides. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Out of Gas: E10 Debacle Puts the Brakes on Biofuels

Out of Gas: E10 Debacle Puts the Brakes on Biofuels

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2011

An attempt to introduce the biofuel mixture E10 in Germany has been a disaster, after motorists refused to buy the supposed green gasoline. Car makers, oil companies and politicians have all tried to blame each other for the mess. Even environmentalists oppose the new fuel. By Dietmar Hawranek and Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Gasoline Summit' Solves Nothing as Biofuel Chaos Continues

The World from Berlin: 'Gasoline Summit' Solves Nothing as Biofuel Chaos Continues

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2011

German politicians met Tuesday in a hastily arranged 'Gasoline Summit' to discuss public distrust over the introduction of fuels with higher concentrations of ethanol. Politicians pledged to better inform the public about which cars can use the new fuel, but German commentators and drivers remain wary. more...

Chaos at the Pumps: German Consumers Are Wary of New E10 Biofuel

Chaos at the Pumps: German Consumers Are Wary of New E10 Biofuel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 04, 2011

Germany recently began introducing gasoline containing a higher percentage of biofuels. But consumers have so far been skittish, leading to production chaos and shortages of traditional gasoline. Some politicians have called for laws mandating that biofuels be scrapped altogether. more...

Flying Green: Aviation Industry Harnesses Algae for Biofuel

Flying Green: Aviation Industry Harnesses Algae for Biofuel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 15, 2010

There are plans within the aviation industry to replace kerosene with biofuel derived from algae. The new fuel comes with a surprising benefit: Planes will be able to fly farther on the same amount of fuel. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Shot, Frozen and Burnt: Sweden Turning Stray Rabbits Into Biofuel

Shot, Frozen and Burnt: Sweden Turning Stray Rabbits Into Biofuel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2009

Stray rabbits are getting a raw deal in Sweden. Thousands of them living in the center of Stockholm are being culled, deep frozen and converted into biofuel for heating homes. Wildlife campaigners have criticized the practice. more...

Boeing Executive: Algae Could 'Supply Entire World with Aviation Fuel'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 15, 2009

Although oil prices have fallen rapidly, the airline industry is still clamouring for alternative fuel sources. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, chief Boeing environmental strategist Billy Glover explains how a giant mass of algae may fuel jets in the future. more...

A 'Green Tsunami' in Brazil: The High Price of Clean, Cheap Ethanol

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2009

Brazil hopes to supply drivers worldwide with the fuel of the future -- cheap ethanol derived from sugarcane. It is considered an effective antidote to climate change, but hundreds of thousands of Brazilian plantation workers harvest the cane at slave wages. By Clemens Höges more...

The Search for a Sustainable Future: Europe's Biofuels Conundrum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 15, 2008

The European Parliament may be backing away from its targets for crop-based biofuels, but the EU is still hoping that it can create a certification scheme that will ensure that biofuels are produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. By Charles Hawley more...

Combating Climate Change: EU Committee Votes to Cut Biofuels Goal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2008

A committee of the European Parliament has voted to cut the EU's target for using traditional biofuels for road transport by 2020. The move has been welcomed by environmental and aid groups concerned that the growth in biofuels has been boosting food prices and causing deforestation. more...