The pace of the incineration, and thus the air quality in the region, threaten to get considerably worse through the next few months with the growing El Ni�o. For more on El Ni�o see http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm?newsid=38142&newsdate=18-Sep-2006. During the 1997/98 El Ni�o, emissions from the SE Asian peat fires caused up to 40% as much CO2 emissions as one year's world fossil fuel burning, according to research published in Nature - more on this, and the prominence of oil palm developers in the problem, on the Sources page of the Biofuelwatch website.
Some have warned that EU restrictions on importing biofuels whose expansion would displace rainforests or cause related problems would provoke a trade rules challenge. However, the EU has shown itself, over GMO, quite capable of adopting a bold and principled stance when there is sufficient public pressure and political will. As an EU spokesperson said over the WTO's draft GMO ruling in May: "The US and other complainants did not challenge the EU's regulatory framework on GMOs, which is rooted in science-based risk assessment. Nothing in this panel report will compel us to change that framework...Europe will continue to set its own rules on the import and sale of GMO foods" Source: http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/36326/story.htm
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