Climate and environmental pollution caused by important energy crops © Siemens Stiftung 2017 CC BY-SA 4.0 international

Climate and environmental pollution caused by important energy crops

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The table lists the most important energy crops including the use as well as impact on the climate due to nitrogen requirements and environmental pollution due to pesticides.

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2018-07-13
The comparison of the different energy crops shows that some plants, like corn, rapeseed, and beets, contribute significantly to climate and environmental pollution. Their nitrogen requirement and the environmental pollution through herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides are high. For other plants, like straw, Chinese silver grass, trees, shrubs, and grass, the pollution is fairly low.
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