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Subject:  Re: Scientists weigh downside of palm oil Date:  10/8/2012  9:17 AM
Author:  DrBob2 Number:  38268 of 82919

Only a few years ago, oil from palm trees was viewed as an ideal biofuel...
Oil palm supplies more than 30% of world vegetable oil production. Its expanding production is driving rainforest destruction and massive carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new study led by researchers at Stanford and Yale universities.

The study, published as an open access paper in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that deforestation for the development of oil palm plantations in Indonesian Borneo is becoming a globally significant source of carbon dioxide emissions. Plantation expansion is projected to contribute more than 558 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere in 2020 — an amount greater than all of Canada’s current fossil fuel emissions.

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