Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.
Biofuel using sugar has been under development and shows increasing promise to reduce pollution produced by fossil fuels throughout the planet.
Prof Bell acknowledged that certain crops as feedstock for the sugar-derived process would be problematic: “If, for example, we were to use sugar beet instead of sugarcane then there would be a potential conflict over fuel versus food.”
But he added: “By using sugarcane, particularly in Brazil, on land that is not used for agriculture, we escape that conundrum.
“But we are talking about the Amazon basin, and one of the issues there is that if you cleared the land of scrubs and trees – whatever is growing there naturally – in order to make it available for growing sugar plantations, and you get rid of that vegetation by burning it then you are putting a big pulse of CO2 into the atmosphere.”
Syrian opposition forces took over a base that the regime has long held, using it for bombardment of an immense area of rebel held territory.
Essam al-Rayes, a spokesman for the Southern Front rebel alliance operating in the province, told the AFP news agency on Tuesday that the “fully liberated” base “was one of the main lines of defence for regime forces”.
“It was a nightmare, because they used it to shell all the areas to the east of the province,” he added.
He said at least 2,000 rebel forces overran the base, which lies near a major highway running from Damascus to Syria’s southern border with Jordan, in a “short and quick” assault.
Prospects of German compromise on demands which have been suggested to impose on Greece, in its repayment of debt that previous regimes contracted with abusive banking concerns, resulted in markets rising.
The softening of the German stance towards Athens cheered investors keen to see a sustainable rescue of the debt-stricken country after more than four months of wrangling.
According to the reports, the chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to accept a much-reduced reform programme, slimmed down to just one or two areas as part of an initial package, to salvage a deal with Greece and prevent it exiting the eurozone.