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Why is biomass harmful?
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What are some advantages and disadvantages of biomass?
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What advantage does biomass have over nuclear power?
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Why do you need biomass?
Biomass is used to decrease the production and utilization of fossil fuels. Since biomass is consistent with-in the environment it's easy to use. The implementation of its usage in a worldwide scenario though causes the deforestation in many area's of the world and still releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
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How is biomass harmful to the environment?
Biomass is not harmful to the environment. Biomass (the burning of plant material) does add carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere, but it is CO2 that was recently taken out of the atmosphere (when the plants were growing) so this is not extra CO2. Burning biomass then is part of the natural carbon cycle which moves CO2 in and out of the atmosphere. The carbon dioxide that comes from burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas) was taken out of the atmosphere millions of years ago, so releasing it now is adding extra CO2 (and causing global warming). This is why biomass is renewable energy and much better than fossil fuels.