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Commission study establishes 'tipping point' for effectiveness of biofuels

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A study undertaken by the European Commission into the potential for biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport has found that reductions can be made as long as biofuels are produced in small quantities, but after a certain point, the indirect effects of growing biofuel crops cause galloping increases in emissions.

Green groups sue Commission over withheld biofuels docs

On Monday 8 March 2010, a coalition of environmental groups filed a legal action against the European Commission over its refusal to release documents. The documents contain previously undisclosed information on the negative climate impacts of widespread biofuels use in the EU. The lawsuit, brought by ClientEarth, Transport & Environment, the European Environmental Bureau, and BirdLife International, alleges several violations of European laws designed to promote transparency, democracy, and legitimacy in EU policy-making.

Shifting ground under tar sands?

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The Dutch oil company Shell says it is scaling down its expansion into oil from tar sands, amid signs that the environmental disadvantages of ‘unconventional’ oil sources are leading to fears that such oils could be economically unviable. While Shell says it has confidence in enough conventional sources of oil, soaring costs in the tar sands region of Alberta, where it has invested in an oil project, have made further investment there less attractive.