A Virgin Atlantic jet powered partially by a coconut- and Brazilian babassu nut-based biofuel made it from London to Amsterdam today in the first commercial flight to do so, the BBC reports. Virgin topdog Richard Branson hailed the flight as "pioneering" in the development of "fuels of the future," but environmentalists denounced the experiment as a publicity stunt.
The Boeing 747 wasn't carrying passengers and three of four engines were filled with conventional fuel in case of emergency, but Virgin hopes to run on plant-based fuels within 10 years. But green experts say biofuels will only further damage the environment: "What we need to do is stop to the mad expansion of aviation," said one activist. (Read more biofuel stories.)