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Potential impacts of biomass production in the United States on biological diversity

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1991

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Cook, J.H., Beyea, J., and Keeler, K.H., 1991, Potential impacts of biomass production in the United States on biological diversity: Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, v. 16, p. 401-431.

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Biomass could be a renewable source of energy and chemicals that would not add CO2 to the atmosphere. It will become economically competitive as its cost decreases relative to energy costs, and biotechnology is expected to accelerate this trend by increasing biomass productivity. Pressure to slow global warming may also make biomass more attractive. Substantial dependence on biomass would entail massive changes in land use, risking serious reductions in biodiversity through destruction of habitat for native species. Forests could be managed and harvested more intensively, and virtually all arable land unsuitable for high-value agriculture or silviculture might be used to grow energy crops. We estimate that it would require an area [...]

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ISSN WECC 1056-3466

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journalAnnual Review of Energy and the Environment
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value401-431
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