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Humans accused of greed for solar energy

Humans accused of greed for solar energy

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.”

Expect the human share of the solar input of renewable energy to increase even further as fossil fuels are phased out. This is a Good Thing, but will definitely lead to other issues of proper management of ecosystems. Greed is not exactly the issue here. The problem is not how much of the solar resources we use, but the effect we have on biodiversity with cultivation of our food or fuel crops. Lack of biodiversity leads to numerous and serious problems. Then there is also the question of sustainability through proper water and soils management. We can have a positive impact on the problem by increasing efficiency and eliminating waste by the end user.


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