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Big Benefits to Rural Poor from Small-Scale Bioenergy Projects

Appropriately designed and carried out, small-scale bioenergy projects are resulting in various and numerous social and environmental benefits in poor, rural communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America, according to an FAO/UK Dept. of International Development report.

Foresting Degraded Land Could Meet Growing Global Energy Demand

Contrary to widely-held assumptions, growing global energy demand could be met sustainably and in a carbon neutral, possibly even carbon negative, way by afforesting land degraded and using lignocellulosic biomass to produce electrical power, liquid fuels and other chemicals. Doing so would have significant additional environmental and social, as well as economic, benefits, two German researchers assert.