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One Planet: What are the environmental impacts of biofuel production?

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On this edition of Your Call's Planet, we'll have a conversation about the enviromental impacts of biofuels. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, in total, the US transportation sector produces nearly thirty percent of all US global warming emissions, more than almost any other sector.

 

Biofuels are considered an important solution to climate change, yet research has shown that many biofuels may actually emit more greenhouse gases than fossil fuels. So what does carbon-neutral -- or even carbon negative -- bioenergy look like.?

Guests:

Dr. Jeremy Martin, a Senior Scientist and Director of Fuels Policy at Union of Concerned Scientists

David Tilman, distinguished professor of Ecology, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning at UC Santa Barbara

Web Resources:

Gtm: Report Finds Wide Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Rooftop Solar Installations

UCS: Setting the Record Straight on EVs and Biofuels

Jeremy Martin: Biofuels Update

PROPUBLICA:  FUEL TO THE

Reuters: EU seeks to soothe U.S. by clearing soybeans for biofuel