There might be ways to exploit renewable energy and also allow for protecting biodiversity

Global expansion of bioenergy possesses serious threats to biodiversity, whereas solar energy could have potential for power provision with limited impacts on biodiversity.

Deployment of renewable energy is expanding all over the world. There is high competition between alternative land uses, and conflicts over limited land are likely to emerge between and expanded deployment of renewable energy.

Dr Andrea Santangeli in the University of Helsinki, Finland, and his colleagues in the UK have explored global expansion of land use for renewable energies versus biodiversity protection. They discovered that the conflicts and opportunities largely depend on the type of energy at stake, with bioenergy strongly conflicting with biodiversity protection while generating only limited power at a global level.

Conversely, and, to a lower degree, wind energy, may provide relatively large power supplies with minimal impacts on biodiversity.

"We found that using a very limited amount of land for generating energy from the sun can yield large amounts of power without impacting the best areas for biodiversity protection. However, this result only holds when restrictions on energy storage and transport are largely ignored, which is unrealistic in the short term. Indeed, these findings highlight a major opportunity when political will and improved technologies make it possible to harvest renewable energy without such restrictions," says Andrea Santangeli.

Santangeli and colleagues also highlight that in the near future most likely will not be able to make a very large contribution towards our total global energy consumption. So, other forms of still need to be considered.


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More information: Andrea Santangeli et al. Global change synergies and trade-offs between renewable energy and biodiversity, GCB Bioenergy (2015). DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12299
Journal information: GCB Bioenergy

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Oct 29, 2015
"So, other forms of energy still need to be considered."
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Well, of course! What goober thought we would get all our power from one source?

Who could be so ill-informed and remote from reality? (answer: Deniers)

Oct 29, 2015
large power supplies with minimal impacts on biodiversity
nuclear power

Oct 31, 2015
Here is more news from one disastrous choice of power sources:

"Deadly 9.4 sieverts detected outside Fukushima reactor 2 containment vessel; checks stop"

http://www.japant...eWWttGGk

Oct 31, 2015
disastrous choice of power sources
No deaths have occurred due to Fukushima radiation. Wind/solar rare-earth metals cause more leukemia per gigawatt produced than nuclear.

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