Biosphere

Biosphere

The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.

Mahatma Gandhi

Big Questions

Is renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass) essentially a shill for the fossil fuel, mining, and heavy industries?

Planet of he Humans

Is COVID-19 sending us an emergency signal about humans expanding destructive impact on the biosphere and ourselves?

Is coal collapsing faster than predicted? What will the adverse impacts be on base energy capacity and unemployment?

Cradle to Cradle: Does the company know how the parts, components, and materials are ultimately separated, processed, and disposed of and the cost of end-of-life disposal?

Big Picture

Big Picture / Life on Earth / Biosphere

Basic Features of the Biosphere

Biological Populations and Communities

Hazards of Life: Disease & Death

Bio-geographic Distribution of Organisms (Ecosystems)

Human Impact on the Biosphere

  • Qualities that set humans apart
  • Effects of human action upon the biosphere
    • Extraction
      • fossil fuels: Blowout
      • Every Dollar Generated Takes a Bite Out of Our Planet: The extraction mentality has no soul, only a greedy drive towards profit at the exclusion of the Common Good. (sp)
    • Farming
    • Growth and land development (paving)
      • There’s enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed. — Gandi
      • Between a Rock and a Hard Spot: When it comes to the conflict between growth’s relentless extractive attack on the biosphere vs. the imperative to feed and provide jobs for 10 billion people in the future, are we truly caught between a rock and a hard spot? (sp)
    • Hunting
    • Noise
    • Pollution
      • Clean air and water is simply the cost of a civil, healthy, and sustainable society that we must all share proportionally. Our long-term survival depends on each of us and all of us conserving the commons. (sp)
      • Air
      • Water
      • Solid waste
        • hazardous wastes
          • bio
          • nuclear
        • plastics
  • Utilization of organisms by humans
  • Conservation
    • Conservation management
    • Types of natural resources
    • Management of natural resources
    • Management of the world’s food supply

Sustainability and Green: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

         


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