Skip to comments.Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy (we can't do ANYTHING right!)
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."
It’s the only hope for our planet.
I considered living in a hole till I realized that I might be infringing on the rights of our night crawler brethren.
Well, there you go. A moratorium on all future solar power use until we do further environmental impact studies.
Someone remind me to have the sun stay out a little longer tomorrow.
Vegetarians and children are the worst offenders.
I think the author should kill himself. That would be a small but measurable contribution to the cause.
She needs spanked.
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.
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.
Does anyone feel guilty about the disproportionate amount of air we breath and how that must be contributing to GLOBAL WARMING!!!
So now sunlight is a “precious resource”?
We’re #1!... We’re #1!... We’re #1!
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?
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.
And a whole heck of a lot smarter.
Maybe, if you used less sunlight, the sun might last longer. You would feel good about that, wouldn’t you?
Just keep your greedy finners off my share. :~)
THANKs.....for the laugh....that is GREAT!
I’m gonna start a “solar offset” company, who’s with me?
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.
God gave us dominion over the plants and animals. They are for us to use and care for.
The definition of ‘Irony’...
“Q: Won’t VHEMT die out when all its members die off?”
Liberals will make a killing. They live in the dark.
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.