Friday, March 28, 2014

Comes the Dawn: UN Notices Biofuels Hurt More Than Help The Environment

UN To Declare Biofuels Cause More Harm Than Benefit To The Environment

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

Biodiesel Fueled BusAccording The Telegraph the United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make "green" biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose. A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse.

The draft report represents a dramatic about-turn for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Its previous assessment on climate change, in 2007, was widely condemned by environmentalists for giving the green light to large-scale biofuel production. The latest report instead puts pressure on world leaders to scrap policies promoting the use of biofuel for transport. The summary for policy makers states: "Increasing bioenergy crop cultivation poses risks to ecosystems and biodiversity."

The report into the impact of man-made climate change is the most authoritative of its kind. For the first time, it considered the impact of biofuels on the environment. Biofuels were once billed as the green alternative to fossil fuels, but environmental campaigners have voiced concern about them for some time. They note that growing biofuel crops on a large scale requires either the conversion of agricultural land used for food crops or the destruction of forests to free up land, possibly offsetting any reduction in carbon emissions from the use of biofuels. Other concerns include increased stress on water supplies and rising corn prices as a result of increased demand for the crop, which is fermented to produce biofuel. ...

The Telegraph
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Calling K-5 parents! Training Sessions for an Eco-School Network in Salem

Training Sessions for an Eco-School Network in Salem
Calling all parents & teachers! The first of three Eco-School Network Trainings will be April 14th at Straub Environmental Center
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April Launch of Salem Eco-School Network
for Parents of K-5 Children in the Salem area.

Training sessions on Mondays, April 14th, 21st and 28th
6 pm - 8 pm
Straub Environmental Center
1320 A St. NE, Salem

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Background: A proposal to form a Salem Eco-School Network was discussed with Salem-area parents, teachers, and community members. The group enthusiastically endorsed the idea.

What: On Mondays, April 14, 21 and 28, a three-session training for Salem-area K-5 parents (and teachers) will be offered at no cost to kick off the Salem Eco-School Network (ESN). An ESN is composed of parents who wish to volunteer at their children's school by introducing sustainability initiatives and promoting earth-centered activities. Sister ESNs now exist in Portland, Beaverton, and Corvallis, where trained parents from about 60 schools are active.

Who: The training is offered at no cost for Salem-area parents interested in introducing sustainability initiatives and promoting earth-centered activities at their K-5 schools.

Why: This no-cost training has many benefits for the participants beyond learning and applying a tested framework for effective work within an elementary school. Parents with similar goals become acquainted, learn skills that are helpful for working with any group, and learn specific ways to work cooperatively within their respective schools. During the three sessions, each parent clarifies a vision for some change within the school, large or small, and explores strategies, initiatives, and tools that have been used successfully by other ESN parents.

Training sessions will be at Straub Environmental Center and are conducted by the Oregon Eco-School Networks Program within the Center for Earth Leadership.

To get involved, contact Dick Roy, 503-227-2315,, Oregon Eco-School Networks Program.

For more information, check out the Eco-School Network site, at:
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