The four-year grant from the National Science Foundation will allow Montana State University, the University of Wyoming and the University of South Dakota to coordinate a massive effort to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin.

The main project goal is to develop a framework for evaluating proposals to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations -- the leading contributor to climate change -- while maintaining food security, water quality, biodiversity and other benefits.

The researchers could find unexpected social and environmental conflicts when biofuels are used to generate energy and carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and stored in geological formations or in ecosystems. Click here for more information.

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