Is the environmental impact of corn ethanol or algae biofuels worse?



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    A new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, done by researchers at the University of Virginia’s Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, calculates the environmental impact of algae biofuels as currently produced to be higher than than many first generation fuel feedstocks such as switchgrass and corn. In completing their life-cycle analysis the researchers found that algae had greater net greenhouse gas emissions and uses more water in its production than other biofuel sources. Also, In terms of area required for production algae did come out ahead.

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