Biofuels switch ‘a mistake’

Increasing the production of biofuels will release between two and nine times more carbon gases over the next 30 years than fossil fuels, the Guardian reported a major study as saying on Friday.
Biofuels have been presented as a way to combat climate change, but the study warns that forests should not be cleared to make way for biofuel crops.

"Biofuel policy is rushing ahead without understanding the implications," the Guardian quoted Renton Righelato, an author of the study, as saying. "It is a mistake in climate change terms to use biofuels."
Between two and nine times more carbon emissions are avoided by trapping carbon in trees and forest soil than by replacing fossil fuels with biofuels, the study shows.
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