Habitat loss, soil erosion, and air pollution are disadvantages of which renewable energy source?

1 Answer
Jun 4, 2016

Probably biomass burning.


Burning biomass does result in significant habitat losses as more an more plants or trees are grown for biomass fuel. This crowds out other ecosystems. Biomass growing can also result in soil erosion, if not managed properly.

Burning biomass does release some air pollutants. CO2 in particular is released when the biomass is burned, However, in theory, if more plants are being grown, they in turn would absorb a similar amount of CO2 that is released upon burning and so in theory at least, biomass could be "carbon neutral".