Cruel Irony | Is Palm Oil Biofuel Destroying Rainforests?

GreenTracker| Environmental activists say that biofuels don’t by definition promote climate change. Pam oil is used in products from cookies to cosmetics. Today’s Europeans are putting it in their fuel tanks, promoting the destruction of some of Southeast Asia’s last tracks of rainforest. 

An absence of trees increases emissions of gases that spur global warming. Recent research argues that replacement forests aren’t functioning nearly as well at containing carbon emissions as the original forests. 

Alex Katt, a spokesman for Wetlands International, an advocacy group based in the Netherlands. “Deforestation and palm oil go hand in hand. It’s definitely a very, very dirty fuel.” via NYTimes. Read on IHT Special Report: Business of Green. 

See also: Carbon-Absorption of Reforesting Not Same As Nature’s