Not long ago, the EU passed a law requiring that conventional gasoline be blended with those of bio-fuels. This was principally done to reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions. But according to NewScientist.com, this drive for green energy is having the perverse effect of encouraging the destruction of tropical rainforests as trees are being razed to the ground in order to grow palm oil and soybeans to fuel cars and power stations in Europe. Indeed, as pointed out by the Rainforest Foundation, the expansion of palm oil production is one of the leading causes of rainforest damage in SE Asia, and with global demand for biofuels increasing by twenty five percent each year, this situation is likely to get even worse.

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