PERMITTING CRIME: How palm oil expansion drives illegal logging in Indonesia

PERMITTING CRIME: How palm oil expansion drives illegal logging in Indonesia, report by the Environmental Investigation Agency

‘Washing out Diversity’: The Impact of Oil Palm Plantations on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), Indigenous People’s Livelihood and Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) In Palawan (the Philippines)

‘Washing out Diversity’: The Impact of Oil Palm Plantations on Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs), Indigenous People’s Livelihood and Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) in Palawan (the Philippines, report by ALDAW (Ancestral Land/Domain Watch)

A Global Overview of Wood-based Bioenergy: Production, Consumption, Trends and Impacts

A Global Overview of Wood-based Bioenergy: Production, Consumption, Trends and Impacts, Global Forest Coalition

 

Indonesia on the front line: Impacts of biofuel expansion for people, forests and climate

Indonesia on the front line: Impacts of biofuel expansion for people, forests and climate,  Briefing by Down to Earth, 11.11.11., Friends of the Earth Europe, Watch Indonesia!, Sawit Watch, Lembaga Gemawan and Rettet den Regenwald e.V.

Biofuelwatch briefing about the biomass plant proposed for Perth by Almondbank Park Power

Almondbank Power’s proposed biomass power plant in Perth: A high-risk experimental technology for burning trees

Burning Wood in Power Stations – Public Health Impacts

Burning Wood in Power Stations: Public Health Impacts , Biofuelwatch briefing

Playing with Fire: Wood pellets, fires and explosions

Fires and explosions at biomass power infrastructure are common occurrences. The two documents linked below were put together by PT-RAPS, Port Talbot Residents Against Power Stations, and list 76 reported pellet fires and wood dust explosions over a four year period, between March 2008 and August 2012.

News articles and reports of fires & explosions

Spreadsheet listing fires & explosions

The documents above only cover pellet and wood dust fires – woodchipping plants have also experienced similar accidents. There have also been many reports of fires and explosions since 2012, including:

November 2012: Explosion at 600 megawatt coal/biomass facility in Nijmegen, Netherlands

December 2012: Fire at Vattenfall power station in Copenhagen, Denmark

September 2013: Sawdust explosion at pellet plant, New Zealand

October 2013: Fire at Port of Tyne wood pellet storage facility

November 2013: Fire at Fitchburg pellet plant, USA

The Energy Justice Network’s Biomass Monitor has also reported on numerous industry fires and explosions in recent years – up to May 2013 (when the research was conducted), fires and/or explosions had occurred at 22 industrial biomass incinerators, whilst over 45 wood pellet plants and 20 wood products mills had experienced fires of varying levels of impact.

 

Sickly Sweet: Human Rights Conditions for Sugarcane Workers in Western Nicaragua

Sickly Sweet: Human Rights Conditions for Sugarcane Workers in Western Nicaragua, Report by La Isla Foundation, which documents the contrast between legal protections of Nicaraguan sugarcane workers and the reality of their working and living conditions.

Is toxic algae good for you?

Is toxic algae good for you?, Article by Rachel Smolker about synthetic biology and algal biofuels, published by Huffington Post

A new look at land-grabs in the global South linked to EU biomass policies

Miro Forestry tree plantations in GhanaA new look at land-grabs in the global south linked to EU biomass policies, report by Almuth Ernsting, Biofuelwatch

NGOs, policy makers and industry analysists have predicted that Europe’s fast-growing demand for wood pellets and woodchips for bioenergy will increasingly be through imports from the global South – especially from Africa and South America (especially Brazil).  There are serious concerns that such a trend will exacerbate land-grabbing in those regions. Continue reading A new look at land-grabs in the global South linked to EU biomass policies