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Time to Substitute Wood Bioenergy for Nuclear Power in Japan
Graduate School of Applied Informatics, University of Hyogo, 7-1-28-6F Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
Harvard Forest, Harvard University, 324 North Main Street, Petersham, MA 01366, USA
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo, 61 Higashi-machi, Yamabe, Furano, Hokkaido 079-1563, Japan
Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-8526, USA
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Received: 29 April 2011; in revised form: 17 June 2011 / Accepted: 4 July 2011 / Published: 6 July 2011
Abstract: Damage to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant by the recent earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan should stimulate consideration of alternative sources of energy. In particular, if managed appropriately, the 25.1 million ha of Japanese forests could be an important source of wood biomass for bioenergy production. Here, we discuss policy incentives for substituting wood bioenergy for nuclear power, thereby creating a safer society while better managing the forest resources in Japan.
Keywords: carbon emissions; forest management; forest thinning; nuclear crisis; woody biomass
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Sasaki, N.; Owari, T.; Putz, F.E. Time to Substitute Wood Bioenergy for Nuclear Power in Japan. Energies 2011, 4, 1051-1057.
Sasaki N, Owari T, Putz FE. Time to Substitute Wood Bioenergy for Nuclear Power in Japan. Energies. 2011; 4(7):1051-1057.
Sasaki, Nophea; Owari, Toshiaki; Putz, Francis E. 2011. "Time to Substitute Wood Bioenergy for Nuclear Power in Japan." Energies 4, no. 7: 1051-1057.