Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Greedy Humans Take "Lions' Share" of Solar Energy

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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".
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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." Sidney Morning Herald

Maybe the plants and animals of the world should band together in a United Species Organization and pass a tax or other sanctions against humans to prevent this selfish use of sunlight.

Harvard or somebody should do a study to see if we have too many scientists.

"Snow Barlow?" That's an interesting name for a professor of agriculture. Maybe we should pass one of those laws that they have in Denmark and other places that require government approval for names of children.





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