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Modern telecommunications and space technologies provide us with stunning views of planet Earth. They also bring home to us the fragility of our planetary ecosystem and the effects of our lack of stewardship in the use of its limited resources.
Currently most developed countries obtain over 85% of their energy and much of their materials from fossil fuels. As fossil fuel reserves are depleted over the next 100 years or so we will need other energy and material sources.
Even if we had limitless fossil fuel reserves we have no option but to reduce our use of such fuels in order to lower the levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
For our long-term survival we must live more sustainably and become more responsible as citizens, as nations and as a global community in our use of Earth’s resources. The bioeconomy addresses many of these issues through the production of bio-based materials and services.
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