1 May 2011

With conventional oil production in decline, the global oil industry is investing heavily in dirtier and riskier forms of unconventional oil such as heavy crude, tar sands, and oil shale. These investments pose a challenge to the climate, the environment, and local communities. This paper is a document that describes the drivers behind marginal oil investments and gives an overview of existing and potential projects across the globe. It contains important analysis that should be public knowledge and will productively feed the ongoing debate, from Cancun to Durban to Rio and beyond.

1 May 2011

Parody erratum to Shell's sustainability report; where Shell apologises for all previous wrong-doings.

1 March 2011

Due to the enormous amounts of natural gas released into the atmosphere during the production of oil by international corporations like Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron, Nigeria will fail to achieve Millenium Development Goal (MDG), which aims to 'ensure environmental sustainability' and MDG 8, 'to develop a global partnership for development'.

1 March 2011

The eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) developed by the United Nations (UN) in 2000, aim to encourage development by improving social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries.
However, it is widely accepted that the MDGs will not be met due to unfulfilled political and financial commitments.
Sub-Saharan Africa is a sad example of these dysfunctions.

1 February 2011

The report reveals that the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops across Europe continues to decline – with an increasing number of national bans, and decreasing numbers of hectares dedicated to GM crops.

Globally, the research highlights how even pro-GM Governments in South America have been forced to take steps to mitigate the negative impacts of GM crops on famers, citizens and the environment.

1 December 2010

Growing demand for meat, animal feeds and agrofuels in Europe is contributing to the continued destruction of the Amazon and Cerrado habitats in Brazil. 'From Forest to Fork' takes the most recent data available and finds that the European Union is the fourth biggest global importer of Brazilian meat and one of the main markets for Brazilian soy. It calls for Europe to reduce its dependence on imported soy animal feeds and meat.

1 December 2010

The much-touted biofuel crop jatropha isneither a profitable nor a sustainable investment, according to this report.

1 August 2010

The amount of land being taken in Africa to meet Europe’s increasing demand for biofuels is underestimated and out of control, this investigation reveals. The research looks at 11 African countries and finds at least five million hectares of land is being acquired by foreign companies to produce biofuels mainly for the European market. The report reveals how local communities are having their land taken, forests and natural vegetation are being cleared, and there are few safeguards for local community land rights.

1 August 2010

EU biofuel targets are leading to a rapid increase in demand for agricultural land at the expense of forests and other carbon rich habitats. This expansion is often indirect - biofuel crops displace other crops which move to the forest. Scientific research has now shown that emissions from indirect land use change (ILUC) have the potential to negate any greenhouse gas emission savings which might be generated from biofuel use.

1 June 2010

This report raises critical questions about the ArcelorMittal's complicity in the misuse of the first tranche of approximately US$4.7 million County Social Development Fund in Liberia and warns that the fund could be stolen and misused by politicians in charge to support their upcoming election campaigns in 2011.

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