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Aug
27

“The natural conversion of sunlight to electric charge that occurs in all green-plant…

“The natural conversion of sunlight to electric charge that occurs in all green-plant photosynthesis after 1 billion years of natural selection may already be the highest net emergy possible.” – Howard T. Odum

2 comments

  1. John Poteet
    John Poteet says:

    There's a harsh thought. If that's the bottom line then the Earth can support about 500 million people at first world standards of living once fossil fuels are gone. 

  2. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    I think we could likely manage about 2 billion at the standard of living of a 1990 Frenchman. 

    Assuming, of course, we can grow enough food in whatever the new climate settles out at and that we don't destroy too much of the biosphere before the population stabilizes.

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