Ecological Principle#1

Ecosystems rely on cyclical material flows.  Industries can can too, but don’t always do so.  Can an entire economic system be circular?

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A forest recycles carbon dioxide and soil nutrients (Nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, etc…).  The amount of these materials available in air, soil, and water remains relatively stable (changes slowly) over time
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The rapid combustion of fossil fuels has increased CO2 by more than 30% and more than doubled the amount of biologically available nitrogen, causing rapid changes in climate, habitat, and biodiveristy.
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The vehicle that you are driving today will be a source of numerous recyclable materials tomorrow.  80-90% of a car’s solid mass is recycled.

Link to short article:  Old power plant demolition

 

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