ESA Reports on Biofuels and Sustainability

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) published four Biofuels and Sustainability Reports.

Biofuels, generally defined as liquid fuels derived from biological materials, can be made from plants, vegetable oils, forest products, or waste materials. The raw materials can be grown specifically for fuel purposes, or can be the residues or wastes of existing supply and consumption chains, such as agricultural residues or municipal garbage. In this series of reports, sponsored by the Energy Foundation, ESA explores the production and use of biofuels from an ecological perspective.

Here’s the list of the Biofuels and Sustainability Reports:

  1. Biofuels: Implications for Land Use and Biodiversity (PDF)
  2. Sustainable Biofuels from Forests: Meeting the Challenge (PDF)
  3. Grasslands, Rangelands, and Agricultural Systems (PDF)
  4. Growing Plants for Fuel: Predicting Effects on Water, Soil, and the Atmosphere (PDF)

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists, raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science, increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science and ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers.

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