Two new studies published this week in the journal Science seem to reinforce an earlier study and go further in questioning the benefits of biofuel use as a means of addressing greenhouse gas effects in the atmosphere. The previous paper by Dr. William Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute indicated that Amazon deforestation was being aggravated by the increased growing of corn for use in ethanol production in the US. The new studies also address the issue of land-use and facto
The law of unintended consequences has struck again and once again corn ethanol is at the center of it. The net benefits of producing fuel ethanol from corn are constantly debated here and elsewhere. Now there is yet another potentially huge cost to America's desire to use maize as a fuel. Dr. William Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute has released a new study blaming U.S. corn subsidies for a recent surge in the burning of Amazon rain forests. In the past two years, U.S. co
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