A Round Green Economy

| March 19, 2020 | Leave a Comment

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: February 24, 2020

Author(s): William H. Schlesinger

Journal: Translational Ecology

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Imagine a world where 100% of material resources—such as copper, lead, zinc, lithium—were recycled, all nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizer applied to crops was recovered, and all trees cut for timber were replanted. The fibers in clothing would be used again for new cloth, and the silicon in glass recovered to make new glass. About the only thing that would make a one-way pass through such an economy would be energy, which conceivably could be solar. This would be a circular economy—what I will call a closed green circle.

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