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Issues in Ecology, Issue 17: Ecological Dimensions of Biofuels

The promise of biofuels as a renewable, environmentally friendly energy source has driven a worldwide expansion in their production. However, many questions remain about how to produce biofuels without causing new and unanticipated environmental impacts. This report summarizes the environmental effects of biofuels, illustrate some uncertainties about these effects, and identify topics for an integrated research program aimed at clarifying tradeoffs and reducing uncertainties in planning for sustainable biofuels production. Considerations include effects on GHG emissions, soil carbon, water supply and quantity, land use, and biodiversity.
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Resource Group ESA's Issues in Ecology series.
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General Biology Core Concepts
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General Biology Competencies
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Keywords Biofuels, Dimensions
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Pedagogical Use Description This report can be used for general information, classroom reading and discussion, and as a springboard for more information research. The report illustrates applications of ecology as it relates to our society and environment.
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Full Name of Primary Author Clifford S. Duke
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Primary Author Affiliation Ecological Society of
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Secondary Author Name(s) Richard V. Pouyat, G. Philip Robertson, William J. Parton
Secondary Author Affiliation(s) US Forest Service

W.K. Kellogg Biological
Station and Department of Plant, Soil, and
Microbial Sciences, Michigan State
University, Hickory Corners

Natural Resource Ecology
Laboratory, Colorado State University
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Rights Ecological Society of America
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
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Date Of Record Submission 2015-03-11
I Agree to EcoEdDL's Copyright Policy & Terms of Use No
Date Of Record Release 2015-03-11 15:08:40
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Date Last Modified 2015-03-12 08:03:38
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