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Not So Fast With the Biofuels

In a new report, researchers from the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina say that crops should only be used to generate a small amount of energy, reports ScienceInsider. The panel of experts argues that there are a number of drawbacks to biofuels, including competition with food crops, adverse effects on ecosystems through nutrient depletion and subsequent fertilizer use, and emissions. "Rather, Germany should concentrate on other renewable energy sources such as solar heat, photovoltaics, and wind energy, whose area demand, [greenhouse gas] emissions, or other environmental impacts are lower than those of bioenergy," the report says. "Energy conservation and energy efficiency improvements should have priority."

The Scan

Boosters Chasing Variants

The New York Times reports that an FDA advisory panel is to weigh updated booster vaccines for COVID-19.

Not Yet

The World Health Organization says monkeypox is not yet a global emergency, the Washington Post reports.

More Proposed for Federal Research

Science reports that US House of Representatives panels are seeking to increase federal research funding.

PLOS Papers on Breast Cancer Metastasis, Left-Sided Cardiac Defects, SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring

In PLOS this week: link between breast cancer metastasis and CLIC4, sequencing analysis of left-sided cardiac defects, and more.