These articles are written by students at the School of Natural Resourses and Environment at the University of Michigan. Students posting articles here are taking the graduate course Bio-Based Carbon Mitigation and Biofuels (NRE 501) taught by Assoc. Professor William S. Currie. The blog is maintained by Graduate Student Instructor Keri Macklin Dick.
Bio-based carbon mitigation includes three main types of activities designed to slow the rise of heat-treapping CO2 gas in the atmosphere: carbon sequestration through land use / land cover change, changes in landscape carbon storage through land management practices such as those used in forestry and agriculture, and the growth and harvest of renewable biofuels to displace the use of fossil fuels for electricity, heat, or transportation. Our purview includes a broad set of interdisciplinary topics that are rapidly changing. Technological research and development on biofuels is proceeding rapidly. Policy related to both carbon mitigation and to renewable energy is changing rapidly. Complex environmental impacts of biofuels and their ultimate effects on atmospheric carbon mitigation are being investigated to gain greater understanding, exemplified by the “carbon debt” type of analysis (Fargione et al. 2008 Science 319:1235-1238) that was produced only within the last year.
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