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Title: Forest Biomass Sustainability and Availability

Source: In: Chapter 1 in Sustainable production of fuels, chemicals, and fibers from forest biomass, ACS Symposium Series, Volume 1067. pp. 3-25; 2011

Author(s)Skog, K. E.; Stanturf, J. A.

Publication Year: 2011  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings

Abstract: To assess availability and sustainable use of forest biomass for the United States, we suggest accepting the “Brundtland report” (1) view of sustainable development. This report defines sustainability in relation to satisfying human needs though sustainable development: Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable–to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The concept of sustainable development does imply limits–not absolute limits but limitations imposed by the present state of technology and social organization on environmental resources and by the ability of the biosphere to absorb the effects of human activities. This definition indicates that sustainability needs to account for (1) human needs, current and future, (2) limitations in meeting these needs based on technological capabilities, social organzation, and environmental resources, and (3) the ability of the biosphere to absorb the effects of human activities.

Keywords: Bioenergy, forest biomass supply, Sustainability, review

File size: 739 kb(s)

Date posted: 11/16/2011
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Skog, Kenneth E.
Supervisory Research Forester

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