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On the Cover
Vol. 10, Issue 4

In this issue, University of Saskatchewan researchers explore the nexus between climate change, biomass production, and rural poverty. The focal study (DOI: 10.18331/BRJ2023.10.4.3) provides a comprehensive review of bidirectional relationships shaping our environment and affecting vulnerable populations. Key concepts, including biofuel innovations and the environmental impact of biomass in climate dynamics, are analyzed. The findings stress the urgent need to integrate climate strategies with sustainable energy solutions and poverty alleviation for a sustainable future. The study emphasizes the immediacy of adopting sustainable practices amidst global climate changes and a growing population. It positions sustainable biomass production as a dual-benefit strategy, addressing environmental concerns while fostering economic growth in rural areas. This research is a beacon of hope, offering pathways to a future where environmental health and rural communities' well-being harmonize. Timely for the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, this issue delves into the critical interplay between biofuel innovations, climate dynamics, and rural poverty. It contributes to academic discourse and resonates with the global imperative to forge sustainable solutions. As world leaders deliberate strategies for addressing climate change, this issue serves as a pertinent resource, bridging the gap between environmental concerns and the well-being of vulnerable communities. Cover art by BiofuelResJ. ©2023.


Biofuel Research Journal (BRJ) is a leading, peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research on biofuels, bioproducts, and related biomass-derived materials and technologies. BRJ is an open-access online journal and completely free-of-charge, aiming to advance knowledge and understanding of sustainable energy solutions, environmental protection, and the circular economy through cutting-edge research and innovative applications. The journal welcomes original articles, review papers, case studies, short communications, and hypotheses in the following areas:

  1. Biofuels and Bioproducts: Exploring the production, characterization, and application of various biofuels, such as biodiesel, bioalcohols (bioethanol, biobutanol), biogas (biomethane, biohydrogen), algal biofuels, and other emerging biofuel sources. Additionally, BRJ encourages research on bioproducts, including biocomposites, bio-based smart materials, and innovative applications in the fields of food, pharmaceuticals, and beyond.
  2. Biomass Valorization: Investigating efficient and sustainable methods for biomass conversion, including biorefineries, bioprocesses, and advanced biomass utilization techniques to maximize energy and value-added product yields.
  3. Biomass-Derived Materials for Energy and Storage Systems: Advancing research on biomass-derived materials with potential applications in energy conversion and storage systems, including fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, and photovoltaic modules.
  4. Biomass-Derived Materials for Environmental Sustainability: Exploring using biomass-derived catalysts and materials for carbon dioxide capture and conversion to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, researching biomass-derived catalysts for air, soil, and water pollution mitigation contributes to improved environmental quality.
  5. Biomass-Derived Materials for Sustainable Applications: Investigating the use of biomass-derived materials in food applications, such as sustainable packaging materials or functional food ingredients, as well as their potential in biomedical applications, drug delivery systems, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.
  6. Biomass-Derived Materials for Catalytic Applications: Advancing the understanding and development of biomass-derived materials with catalytic properties, enabling green and sustainable manufacturing processes and chemical transformations.
  7. Techno-Economic and Environmental Assessments: Analyzing the techno-economic feasibility and environmental sustainability (life cycle assessment, exergy, emergy, risk assessment) of biofuel, bioproduct, and biomass-derived materials production and application pathways, ensuring their compatibility with international standards (e.g., PAS 2050:2011 and ISO 14040:2006).
  8. Climate Change and Sustainability: Investigating the impacts of biofuel and bioproduct production and consumption on climate change and promoting innovative, low-carbon pathways for their production and use. Articles focusing on strategies for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and promoting circular economy principles in the bioenergy sector are encouraged.
  9. Novel Processing and Integrated Systems: Highlighting innovative approaches and integrated systems for biofuel and bioproduct processing, as well as energy audits for production plants to enhance efficiency and sustainability.
  10. Artificial Photosynthesis for Biofuels Production: Exploring cutting-edge research on artificial photosynthesis as a potential green route for biofuels production.
  11. Promotion of Biofuels and Bioproducts in Developing Economies: Encouraging research on the promotion and adoption of biofuels and bioproducts in developing economies to foster indigenous development and sustainable energy solutions.
  12. Biofuels and Bioproducts in Circular Economy: Addressing the role of biofuels and bioproducts in the circular economy framework, focusing on resource efficiency, waste valorization, and sustainability.
  13. Biofuels and Bioproducts Finance: Exploring financial aspects related to biofuels and bioproducts, including investment strategies, funding mechanisms, and economic considerations for the development and commercialization of sustainable bioenergy solutions.

BRJ aims to foster interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers, engineers, scientists, policymakers, and industry experts to accelerate the adoption of sustainable energy solutions and foster a greener future. The journal is committed to maintaining the highest standards of peer review and editorial integrity, ensuring that only high-quality and impactful research is published.


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Editor-in-Chief: Vijai Kumar Gupta


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Current Issue: Volume 10, Issue 4, December 2023, Pages 1948-1998 

Review Paper

How does climate change affect biomass production and rural poverty?

Pages 1948-1965


Mojtaba Shafiee; Zoe Longworth; Zemichael Gizaw; Hassan Vatanparast

How does climate change affect biomass production and rural poverty?