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Biofuels: Implications for Land Use and Biodiversity

This report explores the potential impacts on ecology and biodiversity associated with reallocating land use for biofuel production as well as how economics and farm policies may influence the land available for biofuel harvest. This report also discusses other factors relevant to designing bioenergy systems for optimum social, economic and ecological benefits.

This report is one of a four-part series based upon scientific manuscripts initially presented at a conference hosted by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and sponsored by a consortium of other scientific organizations, nongovernmental
organizations, federal agencies, and the private sector in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2008. All four reports can be found at the the link below or the following web address:
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Resource Group ESA Biofuels and Sustainability Reports
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Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords biofuels, land use, agriculture
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Pedagogical Use Description This report can be used to introduce the topic of biofuels and land appropriation. Students can read this to begin their critical thinking regarding the economic and environmental undertakings of this alternative energy source prior to a lecture/lesson.
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Primary Author Affiliation In order: Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; PRBO Conservation Science; The Nature Conservancy
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Rights Ecological Society of America
Date Of Record Submission 2012-07-06

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