The Nexus of Biofuels, Climate Change, and Human Health

Concerns over the contributions of fossil fuels to pollution and climate change, in addition to other factors, have led to policies that encourage the development of renewable sources of energy such as biofuels. As biofuels become more prevalent, it is important to understand how such policies may impact human health.
A new Workshop Summary from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) summarizes the presentations and discussions of a workshop held January 24-25, 2013 by the IOM Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine that focused on the intersection of biofuels, climate change, and human health. Participants examined air, water, land use, food security, and social impacts of biofuels as an energy resource.