Borneo Project: Burning for Biofuels

Mayer, Judith
March 2008
Earth Island Journal;Spring2008, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p20
The article reports on the environmental impacts of increasing palm oil production in Borneo. Palm oil was said to be one of the main ingredients in the world's shifts to biofuels. However, various green movements warn that palm oil plantations destroy the island's rainforests and wetlands, undermine community livelihoods and will increase greenhouse gas emissions. According to Florian Siegert, a German scientist, the plantation expansion for palm oil biodiesel could release up to 30 times more carbon dioxide than the petro-diesel it is intended to replace.


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