Transcript: Morning Session - Biofuels For Transportation Conference

CHRISTOPHER FLAVIN: It is a real pleasure to welcome all of you to the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill here today. My name is Chris Flavin. I’m president of the Worldwatch Institute, and it is our great honor and pleasure to be able to host this event on global biofuels and the potential to meet a variety of needs over the years to come.

Warming Climate Linked to Runaway Blazes in Brazil's Rainforest

forest fireAcre, Brazil’s westernmost state, is preparing for yet another onslaught of out-of-control forest fires following one of its driest rainy seasons in years.

Worldwatch Institute and Blue Moon Fund Launch "Eye On Earth"

Today, the Worldwatch Institute launched “Eye on Earth” in partnership with the blue moon fund, a Charlottesville, Virginia-based foundation focused on elevating the human condition in the web of life. Eye on Earth, which will be closely linked to the Institute's award-winning World Watch Magazine, is a news update service offering broader context to critical world events.

Biofuels Provide Opportunities for Developing Countries, Says Wolfowitz

At a Capitol Hill conference yesterday to discuss the findings of a new global study on biofuels, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz spoke about the importance of expanding the large-scale production of these fuels—which include ethanol and biodiesel—in a world where 1.6 billion people lack access to basic energy supplies.


Biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel can significantly reduce global dependence on oil, according to a new report by the Worldwatch Institute, released in collaboration with the German Agencies for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and Renewable Resources (FNR).

Biofuels for Transportation: Selected Trends and Facts

In 2005, Brazil produced 16.5 billion liters of fuel ethanol (45.2 percent of the world's total) with the United States a close second at 16.2 billion liters, or 44.5 percent of the total. Ethanol provides roughly 40 percent of Brazil's non-diesel fuel and 2–3 percent of U.S. non-diesel fuel.

Desertification is Important Factor in Darfur Crisis

This year’s World Environment Day theme, “Deserts and Desertification,” celebrates the unique biological, ecological and cultural characteristics of the world’s dryland regions. Commemorated today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the event also aims to raise awareness of the problems associated with desertification, or the degradation of dryland areas.

Big Opportunity in the Big Easy

June 1 marked the official beginning of hurricane season in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. But many coastal residents are still focused on recovery and clean up from last year’s deadly storms.

Deserts Swallowing Up China's Grasslands and Cities

In recognition of the grave perils of increasing desertification, the United Nations has declared 2006 the International Year of Deserts and Desertification and the theme of World Environment Day on June 5, 2006 is, "Don't Desert Drylands!".

Corporations Make Case for Mandatory Carbon Caps

Although the United States has not signed on to the Kyoto Protocol, many U.S. corporations are realizing that taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions makes good business sense.
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