Abundant Energy. The Fuel of Human Flourishing by Kenneth P. Green

By Kenneth P. Green

Humans depend upon strength. From burning wooden to harnessing the atom, we have now depended on the intake of traditional assets. As civilization grows and the call for for strength raises, we needs to ask ourselves how toe most sensible meet our power wishes whereas responsibly stewarding our resources.

In ample strength: The gasoline of Human Flourishing, Kenneth P. eco-friendly presents a quick historical past of our reliance on various assets of strength, explores the viability of either present and strength destiny assets, and gives a imaginative and prescient for the duty of fueling human prosperity within the twenty-first century.

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Researcher Hiroko Shimizu derives slightly different values for the transportation component of food, but her conclusions are fundamentally the same: “Production technologies matter: ‘Food miles’ refer to the distance food travels from farms to retailers. ) contributes far more greenhouse gas emissions (83%) than the food miles segment (4%). Therefore, the resources needed to produce food matter a lot more than how close a production venue is to consumers. ”11 The food mile issue comes in for still more scrutiny in a longer article by Shimizu, coauthored with University of Toronto professor Pierre Desrochers.

Agriculture, on the other hand, accounts for just 2 percent of our nation’s energy usage; that energy is mainly devoted to running farm machinery and manufacturing fertilizer. Researcher Hiroko Shimizu derives slightly different values for the transportation component of food, but her conclusions are fundamentally the same: “Production technologies matter: ‘Food miles’ refer to the distance food travels from farms to retailers. ) contributes far more greenhouse gas emissions (83%) than the food miles segment (4%).

In Fire: The Spark That Ignited Human Evolution, Frances D. Burton focuses on how exposure to firelight might have altered hormonal activity in the brains and bodies of humanity’s primitive ancestors, leading to changes in the structure of the human brain as well as the development of more complex forms of social interaction. Wrangham’s observations about the way that fire increased the number of calories available to early humans (as well as making it possible to eat tough, stringy, large-animal game meats) suggest a human relationship with fire dating back to about two million years ago.

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