Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Biofuels seriously gone wrong...

There are not a lot of things in this world that actually keep me awake at night but I find this issue really worrying. I wasn't aware of this until recently - until the report released by ECDF has given international attention to the issue.

The Burmese "government" had mandated the growing of Jatropha curcas to feed in to the international biofuel industry.

A report on the issue is here.

1 MAY 2008

Biofuel by Decree, a new report by the Ethnic Community Development Forum, unmasks Burma’s bio-energy fiasco. The report details how the military’s nation-wide campaign to plant eight million acres of the toxic tree Jatropha curcas for biodiesel production is resulting in forced labor, land confiscation, loss of income and food insecurity.

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Saturday, May 03, 2008


Here is a BBC sketch called "Facebook in real life" and it is absolutely hilarious.

Thanks for this link Michaela.

Facebook In Real Life
The British haven't discovered the Internet yet, but that doesn't mean they can't enjoy Facebook. In today's video we get to see British people, in their natural habitat, enjoying their own real-life adaption of the popular Web site.

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