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- DescriptionBiofuels and food are dependent on the same resources for production: land, water, and energy. The conjuncture of food, energy, and climate crises demands a new direction in how to harness agriculture to the joint tasks of energy-saving, emissions reduction, and food security. Global Ecomic and Environmental Aspects of Biofuels focuses on the all-important question of the efficacy of biofuels as a solution to the global energy problem. Written by a distinguished team from five countries and multiple disciplines including agromy, petroleum engineering, ecology, and meteorology, the book addresses the use of biofuels produced from crops and various organic materials as alternatives or supplements to petroleum. Key Features * Discusses biofuels within the context of the world population problem, food, malnutrition, resource depletion, and climate change * Asks the critical question whether the production of ethal from corn, sugar cane, crop residues, and other organic materials has proven too costly in both ecomic and environmental terms * Analyzes the uses and interdependencies among land, water, and fossil energy resources in food versus biofuel production * Includes case studies on the ecomic and environmental impacts of biofuel production and use from the United States, Europe, Brazil, and tropical environments * Explores the future production of biodiesel and ethal from salt-water algae and tropical palms, while recognizing the techlogical problems that must be resolved in processing these materials This book examines key environmental and ecomic issues associated with the production of ethal as a fuel, from corn, sugar cane, crop residues, and other organic materials. It brings together the opinions of a number of U.S. scientists and experts from Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Brazil, and highlights the remarkable agreement among the contributors on the pros and cons of biofuels as an answer to future petroleum shortages. This mix of contributors and opinions presents a well-rounded view of the subject that puts a spotlight on unresolved concerns and complexities that are often overlooked.
- Author BiographyDavid Pimentel, Ph.D., is Professor of Ecology of Agricultural Sciences in the Department of Entomology and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. His research and consulting accomplishments cut across many disciplines. Dr. Pimentel has served on Presidential Commissions and National Academy of Sciences' Boards and Committees. He has authored nearly 700 scientific publications, written three books, and edited 34 books.
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Inc
- Date of Publication25/04/2012
- SubjectEnergy Technology & Electrical Engineering
- Series TitleAdvances in Agroecology
- Series Part/Volume Number17
- Place of PublicationBosa Roca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCRC Press Inc
- Content Note71 black & white illustrations, 77 black & white tables
- Weight771 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byDavid Pimentel
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound
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