Biomass Definition

by Laurent Cousineau

Biomass is a renewable energy source that consists of organic materials.

These organic materials can be either living or dead, below or above ground.

Examples of biomass include:

  • animal waste
  • crops
  • grasses
  • roots
  • trees

Biomass and Climate Change

Biomass is indeed a form of alternative energy as it will replace fossil fuels which produce greenhouse gas emissions.

Without doubt, developing biomass is a great way to help stop climate change.

For more information, please see biomass energy.

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Jul 13, 2014
Biomass NOT a Solution
by: Michaelann Bewsee

I really think you need to redo this section. As someone who organized to help stop a biomass plant in Springfield,MA, I can tell you that our FINAL conclusion in our organizing is that burning ANYTHING to produce fuel is a step in the wrong direction.

The carbon "debt" from burning wood can last from five to 30 years, according to a study commissioned by the Commonwealth from the Manomet Center for Conservation Studies. It all depends on how long it takes to regrow a forest, there are many factors to take into consideration. But the bottomj line is, we don't have five to thirty years to wait! We CANNOT afford to increase our carbon debt, even in the short-term. Check out the Energy Justice Now newsletter.

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