U.N. Panel Finds Environmental Assessments of Biofuels LackingBy BEN GEMAN of Green Wire
October 16, 2009 , New York Times
The U.N. Environment Programme’s report (pdf) concludes that so-called lifecycle assessments must go beyond calculating greenhouse gas emissions and consider how agricultural production of feedstocks affects the acidification and nutrient loading of waterways.
"The available knowledge from life-cycle-assessments … seems limited, despite the fact that for those issues many biofuels cause higher environmental pressures than fossil fuels," the report says.
"From a representative sample of