Expansion of sugarcane ethanol production in Brazil: environmental and social challenges.

  title={Expansion of sugarcane ethanol production in Brazil: environmental and social challenges.},
  author={Luiz Ant{\^o}nio Martinelli and Solange Filoso},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={18 4},
Several geopolitical factors, aggravated by worries of global warming, have been fueling the search for and production of renewable energy worldwide for the past few years. Such demand for renewable energy is likely to benefit the sugarcane ethanol industry in Brazil, not only because sugarcane ethanol has a positive energetic balance and relatively low production costs, but also because Brazilian ethanol has been successfully produced and used as biofuel in the country since the 1970s. However… CONTINUE READING
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