Tropical forest felled for biofuels, ecologists say

Tropical rain forest is being cut down and burned to make way for soy and palm plantations destined to provide plant-based diesel for Europe's fuel tanks, Reuters reported environmentalists as saying on Wednesday.
They cited cases of deforestation in Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for energy crops, and urged governments there to act.
"In Brazil…one of the most affected areas is the state of Mato Grosso, where vast areas have disappeared to make room for soy crops destined for export," Ecologists in Action said in a report distributed at a summit on biofuels in Madrid.
Environmental organisations urged the European Union not to impose mandatory blending of biofuels in transport fuels, as part of its efforts to curb EU carbon dioxide emissions.