The Science of Sustainability

How Green Is Biomass Energy?

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California is hungry for renewable energy. Solar and wind power have taken off thanks to the state's ambitious clean energy goals. But there's another way to generate electricity — by using organic material like agricultural and tree waste. It's known as biomass power, but as Lauren Sommer reports, some say it's not as green as it seems.

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Lauren is a radio reporter covering environment, water, and energy for KQED Science. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, run from charging elephant seals, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. You can find her on Twitter at @lesommer.
  • http://humphreykariukindegwa.tumblr.com/ Humphrey Kariuki Ndegwa

    I consider Biomass as a green energy because Biomass is a organic matter, or matter that comes from a living or recently living organism, that can be transformed to energy through either thermal, chemical or biochemical processes and because of that it doesn't emit too much carbon and doesn't contribute to global warming.