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Noel Laporte

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What form of renewable energy has or will have the lowest impact on biodiversity?

Climate change, air pollution, rising sea levels and species extinction can all be attributed to the increasing usage of non-renewable energy in the world today. Non-renewable energy reserves are diminishing and finite with an ever-increasing demand from countries around the world. Coal, natural gas and oil all have detrimental effects on the environment. These effects are both local and global, harming species throughout the world. As we consider different renewable forms of energy, can we rank their potential impacts on biodiversity?

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    Apr 24 2013: Biofuels as one kind of renewable energies, has been talked a lot by scientists. Biofuels include a wide range of fuels which are derived from biomass. The term covers solid biomass, liquid fuels and various bio-gases. Bioethanol is an alcohol made by fermenting the sugar components of plant materials and it is made mostly from sugar and starch crops. It is real good way to produce energy. However, because it should use many plants, it may cause loss of biodiversity

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