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Are they dead or just resting on their perch? The collapse of the world trade talks is easily dismissed as one of those great diplomatic routines, an annual ritual of late nights, sweaty, exhausted trade ministers trading the odd insult, in between wrangles about banana quotas. "Make or break" negotiations collapse in a red-eyed heap on the conference floor. Then they squawk back into life the next year and the cycle goes on. So we have learnt to filter them out as background noise to other, more vital global tussles. And yet these talks matter hugely.

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It's no beauty queen – the stems are long, scrawny and leafless and the pods dangle from the twigs like scorched testicles. Untreated, the seeds are so poisonous that as few as three can kill, while even a small amount induces nausea – hence the jatropha plant's nickname, "black vomit nut".

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The apostles of biofuels would have us believe that the congested streets of Sao Paulo offer a glimpse of a better future. There, traffic jams are made of flex-fuel cars that run off a growing menu of bio and fossil fuel mixtures and all filling stations offer "alcohol" and "gas" at the pump.

Energy Industry: End of biofuel subsidy 'only serves to muddy Whitehall's position'

The Government will pocket £550m from the cancellation of a biofuels subsidy programme in a move that the energy industry said was indicative of a package of energy and climate change policies that muddied Whitehall's stance on the issues.

Hidden victims of the 'green revolution'

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Africans unite in calling for immediate moratorium on switch from food to fuel

Scientists and NGOs across Africa are calling for a moratorium on new biofuels projects as millions of acres of prime agricultural land in sub-Saharan Africa are switched from food to fuel.

Michael McCarthy: 'Free lunch' that could cost the earth

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Biofuels make climate change worse, scientific study concludes

Growing crops to make biofuels results in vast amounts of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere and does nothing to stop climate change or global warming, according to the first thorough scientific audit of a biofuel's carbon budget.

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