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Obstacles on the Road to Sustainability

11:40 AM MDT | March 24, 2008 | Michelle Bryner with Esther D’Amico and Kara Sissell

Biofuels have received much attention over the past year as researchers look for solutions to skyrocketing gasoline prices, threats to energy security, and ever-increasing pressure to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, two new studies have thrown up potential roadblocks to pursuing biofuels as a means to help reach sustainability goals. The major concern is that the amount of land clearing necessary to support a global market for biofuels dramatically increases GHG emissions, according to both studies published recently at Sciencexpress.com, the Web...

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