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Title: A comment to "Large-scale bioenergy from additional harvest of forest biomass is neither sustainable nor greenhouse gas neutral": Important insights beyond greenhouse gas accounting
Contributor(s): Bright, Ryan M (author); Cherubini, Francesco (author); Astrup, Rasmus (author); Bird, Neil (author); Cowie, Annette  (author); Ducey, Mark J (author); Marland, Greg (author); Pingoud, Kim (author); Savolainen, Ilkka (author); Stromman, Anders H (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2012.01190.x
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Abstract: In their recent editorial, Schulze and colleagues (Schulze et al., 2012) discuss the implications of a large-scale increase in the harvest of forest biomass to provide 20% of the current global primary energy supply. They present several well-founded concerns regarding the economic and ecological sustainability of such a scenario, concerns we largely share. However, the authors express particular apprehension regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) consequences of expanded forest bioenergy production that we do not entirely share. GHGs - while important - should not be the sole evaluation criterion when the objective is climate protection. The peer reviewed literature provides important insights beyond that presented which warrants additional commentary in order to give a more holistic and balanced perspective on the subject of forest bioenergy and climate.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Global Change Biology: Bioenergy, 4(6), p. 617-619
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1757-1707
Field of Research (FOR): 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
070502 Forestry Biomass and Bioproducts
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 820199 Forestry not elsewhere classified
960906 Forest and Woodlands Land Management
960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
HERDC Category Description: C4 Letter of Note
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