Posted by: Andrew | March 18, 2010

Planes may fly mostly on biofuels within next 10 years

Out of Amsterdam —Within a decade, passenger planes will be flying on jet fuel largely made from plants — flax, marsh grass, even food waste — as airlines seek to break away from the volatile oil market and do their part to fight climate change, aviation experts said Wednesday.

Though biofuels are still in the experimental stage, the projected shift has stoked concern among environmentalists that the possible insatiable appetite of airlines for plant oil will hasten the destruction of tropical forests and the conversion of cropland from food to fuel.

Dependency on agrofuels “will lead to faster deforestation and climate change and spells disaster for indigenous peoples, other forest-dependent communities and small farmers,” said a statement from the Global Forest Coalition, an alliance of environmental groups.

You can read the rest of this  interesting article on Boston.com’s site here:

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2010/03/17/planes_may_fly_mostly_on_biofuels_with_10_years/

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