Agrofuels: Big Profits, Ruined Lives and Ecological by Francois Houtart

By Francois Houtart

Since they have been heralded as a key weapon within the struggle opposed to weather switch, agrofuels were criticised seriously for doing extra damage than strong as a result of deforestation and stealing agricultural land necessary to farmers within the constructing global. This ebook asks no matter if there's anyplace for agrofuels in a low-carbon future.

François Houtart argues that the golf green power of agrofuels has been wasted by means of companies that positioned earnings above environmental safeguard. This has ended in the absurd scenario the place an strength resource that are supposed to be sustainable really raises human and ecological harm, easily as a result profit-maximising judgements of capitalists instead of a flaw within the thought of agrofuels.

Students of improvement reviews and environmental economics will locate that this publication deals an enticing new standpoint at the way forward for strength.

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5 billion). Russia has fewer than 100 billion barrels. Even if some believe that these forecasts are too optimistic, they give an idea of the order of magnitude. At all events, they make it possible to understand, without much further explanation, the geostrategy of the US in the Middle East. Iraq, for instance, has oil with a small amount of sulphur and its extraction cost is not more than two dollars a barrel. 6 million were exported. 6 Thanks to the war, the oil company Chevron is now dominant there, replacing Total which was previously active in the country (ELF at that time).

The result was that there was a reduction of 90 per cent of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere, of half of the ozone in the troposphere (the lower region of the atmosphere), and of 70 per cent of the Houtart 01 text 22 26/03/2010 11:28 the twin crises: energy and climateâ•… 23 particles attaching themselves to the clouds, and increasing visibility by 40 kilometres. Less electricity meant less coal combustion. One solution proposed to remedy these disadvantages is to bury carbonic gas in the earth or the sea.

Not only is France continuing to sell its reactors around the world, but the UK decided, at the beginning of 2008, to reconsider its policy, and so has Finland and Japan. Only Germany wonders what decisions to take in this field. But it should not be forgotten that uranium is not renewable and that its reserves are also diminishing. All its resources together would meet world energy requirements for just one and a half years, if it were the only energy source. It is true that the technology has been evolving.

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