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Insight: world oil prices could amplify indirect greenhouse-gas emissions

05 Jul

Read the full story from Environmental Research Web.

National or regional alternative fuel policies aim to reduce the world price of oil. In the absence of a cap on global greenhouse-gas emissions, this will lead to a greater rebound in the amount of oil consumed around the globe, which in turn will affect greenhouse-gas emissions. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, US, have now analysed the literature concerning the effect of oil price on fuel markets and greenhouse gases. They found that such emissions are akin to those produced during indirect land-use change. However, unlike emissions resulting from indirect land-use change, they are not taken into account under certain current regulations.

The above article summarizes The fuel market effects of biofuel policies and implications for regulations based on lifecycle emissions, Deepak Rajagopal 2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 024013.

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