Renewable Resources

Recent Scholarly Publications

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Land institutions and supply chain configurations as determinants of soybean planted area and yields in Brazil

October 2012

Soybean production has become a significant force for economic development in Brazil.

Cleaning Up Coal: From climate culprit to solution

July 2012

Nuclear non-proliferation

November 2011

Textbook Synopsis From Cambridge University Press online: How will we meet rising energy demands? What are our options? Are there viable long-term solutions for the future?

Smallholder irrigation as a poverty alleviation tool in sub-Saharan Africa

November 2011

Promotion of smallholder irrigation is cited as a strategy for enhancing income generation and food security for sub-Saharan Africa’s poor farmers, but what makes this technology a successful...

The Global Costs of American Ethanol

October 2011

World leaders are focused on agricultural supply data, insurance schemes and speculation as they try to quell volatility in global food markets.

Sugar and Ethanol Production as a Rural Development Strategy in Brazil: Evidence from the State of São Paulo

June 2011

Sugar and ethanol production are key components of Brazil's rural development and energy strategies, yet in recent years sugar production has been widely criticized for its environmental and labor...

Direct Impacts on Local Climate of Sugarcane Expansion in Brazil

April 2011

The increasing global demand for biofuels will require conversion of conventional agricultural or natural ecosystems.

Direct Climate Effects of Perennial Bioenergy Crops in the United States

February 2011

Biomass-derived energy offers the potential to increase energy security while mitigating anthropogenic climate change, but a successful path toward increased production requires a thorough...

Organizations and Global Warming

December 2010

Introduction This essay examines the two biggest environmental polluters, the oil and coal industries, and the possibilities of renewable energy that could replace them.

Energy for Sustainable Development

September 2010

The majority of rural residents in China are dependent on traditional fuels, but the quality and quantity of existing data on the process of fuel switching in rural China are insufficient to have a...

Making Carbon Offsets Work in the Developing World: Lessons from the Chinese Wind Controversy

March 2010

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is the leading international carbon market and a driving force for sustainable development globally.

Solar-powered Drip Irrigation Enhances Food Security in the Sudano-Sahel

January 2010

Meeting the food needs of Africa's growing population over the next half-century will require technologies that significantly improve rural livelihoods at minimal environmental cost.

The impacts and opportunities of oil palm in Southeast Asia: What do we know and what do we need to know?

December 2009

The ongoing expansion of oil palm plantations in the humid tropics, especially in Southeast Asia, is generating considerable concern and debate.

Greater Transportation Energy and GHG Offsets from Bioelectricity Than Ethanol

December 2009

Mapping Land Sources for New Biofuel Croplands

December 2009

Presentation from the session session "Biofuels, Tropical Deforestation, and Climate Policy: Key Challenges and Opportunities" at the annual AAAS meeting, Feb 14 2009.

Potential Impact of U.S. Biofuels on Regional Climate

November 2009

Recent work has shown that current bio-energy policy directives may have harmful, indirect consequences, affecting both food security and the global climate system.

Carbon Payback Times for Crop-based Biofuel Expansion in the Tropics: The Effects of Changing Yield and Technology

December 2008

Biofuels from land-rich tropical countries may help displace foreign petroleum imports for many industrialized nations, providing a possible solution to the twin challenges of energy security and...

The Global Potential of Bioenergy on Abandoned Agricultural Lands

December 2008

Converting forest lands into bioenergy agriculture could accelerate climate change by emitting carbon stored in forests, while converting food agriculture lands into bioenergy agriculture could...

Sustainable Biofuels Redux

October 2008

Last May's passage of the 2008 Farm Bill raises the stakes for biofuel sustainability:A substantial subsidy for the production of cellulosic ethanol starts the United States again down a path with...

Our Daily Bread: Without public investment, the food crisis will only get worse

September 2008

During the eighteen months after January 2007, cereal prices doubled, setting off a world food crisis. In the United States, rising food prices have been a pocketbook annoyance.

Another Look at Renewables on India's Sagar Island

July 2008

Much existing literature champions renewables implementation on India’s Sagar Island as an unqualified rural electrification success story.  Photovoltaic (PV) and wind systems put in place by the...

The Ripple Effect: Biofuels, Food Security, and the Environment

November 2007

The integration of the agricultural and energy sectors caused by rapid growth in the biofuels market signals a new era in food policy and sustainable development.

Making Small Work: Business Models for Electrifying the World

September 2007

Despite over a century of investment in electric power systems, there are roughly 1.6 billion people who lack access to electricity service, mainly in rural areas.

Innovation in China's Energy Sector

March 2007

The performance of China's national system of innovation has improved since reforms began in 1978, but reform impact by sector is not well characterized.