Can Human Intervention Affect Longterm Sustainability of Nature

It is commonly said that any set of data doesn't reach statistical significance unless several cycles are considered. For instance, if the lifecycle of a forest is 100 years, a statistical study should cover at least several centuries. Then, one must question what the duration of the life cycle of humans is since they started to live in a community? Past experience has shown that putting 10,000 years on the age of Adam (the alleged first human) was as dangerous as calling the earth flat. Recent findings show that it is not unreasonable that the humans lived as a society for over a million years. What then should be the statistically significant time period for studying the impact of human activities? In Chapter 4, the focus lies on developing a sustainability criterion that is valid for time tending toward infinity. This criterion would be valid for both tangible (very large number) and intangible (no-end) meanings of the word infinity. If this criterion is the true scientific criterion, then there should be no discontinuity between so-called renewable and non-renewable natural resources. In fact, the characterization should be re-cast on the basis of sustainable and non-sustainable. After this initial characterization is done, only then comparisons among various energy sources can be made. Chapter 5 offers this characterization.

It is shown in Chapter 5 that sustainable energy sources can be rendered fully sustainable (including the refining and emission capture), making them even more environmentally appealing in the short-term (long-term being already covered by the fact they meet the sustainability criterion). In order to characterize various energy sources, the concept of global efficiency is introduced. This efficiency automatically shows that the unsustainable technologies are also the least efficient ones. It is shown that crude oil and natural gas are compatible with organic processes that are known to produce no harmful oxidation products.

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