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Ravindranath is a professor at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. His research interests include climate change impacts and mitigation, climate adaptation in the land use and forest sector, and renewable energy. He has contributed to a number of assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and advises many organizations, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme. Among his four books related to climate change and bioenergy is Carbon Inventory Methods. He received a doctorate in economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
The author argues that mitigating climate change, increasing energy access, and addressing food insecurity will require that biomass energy options be pursued on scales large and small and in the developed and developing worlds alike.
The author argues that discussions about bioenergy must not focus too strongly on biofuels for transportation. Other bioenergy appraches, many small in scale, offer ways to reduce carbon emissions without threatening food security.
The author writes that bioenergy's ability to meet energy needs, mitigate climate change, and avoid adverse effects on food production depends on factors such as the technology and feedstock used and the scale of production.