Quotation Dorninger, Christian, von Wehrden, Henrik, Krausmann, Fridolin, Bruckner, Martin, Feng, Kuishuang, Hubacek, Klaus, Erb, Karl-Heinz, Abson, David J. 2021. The effect of industrialization and globalization on domestic land-use: A global resource footprint perspective. Global Environmental Change. 69 102311


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Land-use activities are increasingly globalized and industrialized. While this contributes to a reduction of pressure on domestic ecosystems in some regions, spillover effects from these processes represent potential obstacles for global sustainable land-use. This contribution scrutinizes the complex global resource nexus of national land-use intensity, international trade of biomass goods, and resource footprints in land-use systems. Via a systematic account of the global human appropriation of net primary production (HANPP) and input–output modelling, we demonstrate that with growing income countries reduce their reliance on local renewable resources, while simultaneously consuming more biomass goods produced in other countries requiring higher energy and material inputs. The characteristic 'outsourcing' country appropriates 43% of its domestic net primary production, but net-imports a similar amount (64 gigajoules per capita and year) from other countries and requires energy (11 GJ/cap/yr) and material (~400 kg/cap/yr) inputs four to five times higher as the majority of the global population to sustain domestic land-use intensification. This growing societal disconnect from domestic ecological productivity enables a domestic conservation of ecosystems while satisfying growing demand. However, it does not imply a global decoupling of biomass consumption from resource and land requirements.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Global Environmental Change
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title The effect of industrialization and globalization on domestic land-use: A global resource footprint perspective
Volume 69
Year 2021
Page from 102311
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095937802100090X
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102311
Open Access N

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FINEPRINT (Spatially explicit material footprints: Fine-scale assessment of Europe's global environmental and social impacts)
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Bruckner, Martin (Details)
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Abson, David J. (Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany)
Dorninger, Christian (Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Austria)
Erb, Karl-Heinz (Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria)
Feng, Kuishuang (Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, United States/USA)
Hubacek, Klaus (Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen, University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Krausmann, Fridolin (Institute of Social Ecology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria)
von Wehrden, Henrik (Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany)
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Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5914 Environmental research (Details)
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