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Biofuels may be worse for global warming than fossil fuels

February 12, 2008
Posted in Transport

maize field : iStockphoto.comBiofuels may help countries reduce their reliance on imported oil, but two new studies published in the Feb 8 issue of the journal Science have cast doubt on the benefits of biofuels as a solution to combat climate change. In fact, using biofuels may produce more greenhouse gas emissions than using conventional fossil fuels in the short term, says one of the studies.

Peviously it was thought that the emissions produced from using biofuels were counterbalanced by the carbon absorbed from the atmosphere by the growing crops. Burning fossil fuels, on the other hand, just released stored carbon into the atmosphere. Hence, biofuels were considered to be more climate friendly than fossil fuels. Read more