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Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy (we can't do ANYTHING right!)
Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 3, 2007 | Chee Chee Leung

Posted on 07/05/2007 3:29:28 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

HUMANS are just one of the millions of species on Earth, but we use up almost a quarter of the sun's energy captured by plants - the most of any species.

The human dominance of this natural resource is affecting other species, reducing the amount of energy available to them by almost 10 per cent, scientists report.

Researchers said the findings showed humans were using "a remarkable share" of the earth's plant productivity "to meet the needs and wants of one species".

They also warned that the increased use of biofuels - such as ethanol and canola - should be viewed cautiously, given the potential for further pressure on ecosystems.

The scientists, from Austria and Germany, who publish their results today in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, analysed data on land use, agriculture and forestry from 161 countries, representing 97 per cent of the world's land mass.

This showed humans used 24 per cent of the energy that was captured by plants. More than half of this was due to the harvesting of crops or other plants.

The human use of the natural resource varied across the globe, ranging from 11 per cent in Oceania and Australia, to 63 per cent in southern Asia.

An agriculture professor at the University of Melbourne, Snow Barlow, said the paper showed humans were taking up too much of an important natural resource.

"Here we are, just one species on the earth, and we're grabbing a quarter of the renewable resources … we're probably being a bit greedy."


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animals; australia; austria; biofuels; doomage; earth; ecosystems; energy; environment; envirowackos; envirowhackos; ethanol; forestry; germany; humans; landuse; nas; naturalresources; oceania; plants; renewables; scientists; solarenergy; species; sun; wearedoomed
We can't do anything right!
1 posted on 07/05/2007 3:29:32 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

http://www.vhemt.org/

It’s the only hope for our planet.


2 posted on 07/05/2007 3:31:08 PM PDT by flashbunny (<--- Free Anti-Rino graphics! See Rudy the Rino get exposed as a liberal with his own words!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I considered living in a hole till I realized that I might be infringing on the rights of our night crawler brethren.


3 posted on 07/05/2007 3:31:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Well, there you go. A moratorium on all future solar power use until we do further environmental impact studies.


4 posted on 07/05/2007 3:31:40 PM PDT by saganite (Billions and billions and billions----and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Someone remind me to have the sun stay out a little longer tomorrow.


5 posted on 07/05/2007 3:34:25 PM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Vegetarians and children are the worst offenders.


6 posted on 07/05/2007 3:34:54 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I think the author should kill himself. That would be a small but measurable contribution to the cause.


7 posted on 07/05/2007 3:35:03 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Chee Chee Leung

She needs spanked.

8 posted on 07/05/2007 3:37:51 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

I was thinking a similar thing. Rid the planet of the wacko complainers and let the content people live without interference from the nanny-fascists.


9 posted on 07/05/2007 3:38:07 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

On days when I am happy not to have airconditioning, my dog demands it. It is he who is the energy hog, not me - I swear it.


10 posted on 07/05/2007 3:38:08 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Does anyone feel guilty about the disproportionate amount of air we breath and how that must be contributing to GLOBAL WARMING!!!

Enviro meltdown.


11 posted on 07/05/2007 3:39:00 PM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

So now sunlight is a “precious resource”?


12 posted on 07/05/2007 3:39:06 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

We’re #1!... We’re #1!... We’re #1!


13 posted on 07/05/2007 3:46:06 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all.)
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To: randog

Well it’s only expected to last another 5 billion years or so. What do you want to do, wait till the last minute to find another source of energy?


14 posted on 07/05/2007 3:46:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: AndyJackson

LOL! It’s 104F outside right now, and 80F in my humble abode. If anyone came to make me turn off my AC, I’d be opening the gun locker. Some days, the cats and dog literally lay on their backs with their feet up in the air.


15 posted on 07/05/2007 3:46:34 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"Here we are, just one species on the earth, and we're grabbing a quarter of the renewable resources … we're probably being a bit greedy."

And a whole heck of a lot smarter.

16 posted on 07/05/2007 3:49:48 PM PDT by A message
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

17 posted on 07/05/2007 3:50:20 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: cripplecreek

Maybe, if you used less sunlight, the sun might last longer. You would feel good about that, wouldn’t you?


18 posted on 07/05/2007 3:51:28 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Just keep your greedy finners off my share. :~)


19 posted on 07/05/2007 3:57:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: bill1952

THANKs.....for the laugh....that is GREAT!


20 posted on 07/05/2007 3:57:36 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: goodnesswins

I’m gonna start a “solar offset” company, who’s with me?


21 posted on 07/05/2007 4:18:02 PM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
They also warned that the increased use of biofuels - such as ethanol and canola - should be viewed cautiously, given the potential for further pressure on ecosystems.

They scream and cry for biofuels until they get their way and then they want to tell us it might not be such a good idea. Not that I ever believed biofuels were worth the effort.

If we all went naked and foraged for our food I wonder what the eviroloones complaint would be?

Oh wait... they would complain we were competing with our fellow earthlings for valuable resources.

You’re right. We can’t do anything right.

22 posted on 07/05/2007 4:30:38 PM PDT by Taichi (Certe, toto, sentio nos in kansate non iam adesse)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

God gave us dominion over the plants and animals. They are for us to use and care for.


23 posted on 07/05/2007 4:35:07 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: flashbunny

The definition of ‘Irony’...

“Q: Won’t VHEMT die out when all its members die off?”


24 posted on 07/05/2007 6:05:39 PM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: swatbuznik
I’m gonna start a “solar offset” company, who’s with me?

Liberals will make a killing. They live in the dark.

25 posted on 07/05/2007 7:09:23 PM PDT by AndyJackson
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Save the environment,
kill an environmentalist.
26 posted on 07/05/2007 9:51:20 PM PDT by TheDon (The DemocRAT party is the party of TREASON! Overthrow the terrorist's congress!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe look at at this way : cows harvest grass which is fueled by sunlight and rain, thus they are solar energy collectors. They also dump on the ground and emit methane. This methane warms the atmosphere which means more evaporation from the ocean which means more rain which means more grass for these bovine solar collectors to eat. Thus when you eat your steak you are a solar collector too.


27 posted on 07/05/2007 10:27:15 PM PDT by timer (n/0=n=nx0)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Let the grub worms stand up for them selves and take their fair share. Insects consume large quantities of crop and vegetation. The sun is the cause of weather. Hurricanes use a large amount of the suns energy, lets ban those.
28 posted on 07/05/2007 10:42:31 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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