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Topics: Climate Change, Existentialism, Internet, Thermodynamics
The Carnot cycle is the only thermodynamic cycle that is reversible, because compression and expansion of the gas are isentropic (no heat flow), while heating and cooling are isothermal (T does not change, only P and V), meaning that no energy is lost into increasing the system's entropy. Quora
The world is modeled using "ideal" circumstances: the Ideal Gas Law also comes to mind. You obviously start with this, initially.
Then, you have to model based on the reality, the biology, chemistry and physics of the actual case at hand.
Basing a civilization on a non-renewable resource of dead dinosaurs is a recipe to become museum artifacts ourselves.
As far as environmental damage is concerned, our increasingly-online lives incur a massive toll.
If everything continues on its current course, then the internet is expected to generate about 20 percent of the world’s carbon emissions by 2030, according to The New Republic. That would make its environmental impact worse than any individual country on Earth, except for the U.S., China, or India.
In other words, our internet use is linked to a vicious cycle of environmental devastation, making it increasingly clear that something has to give.
In the Face of Climate Change, the Internet is Unsustainable, Dan Robitzski, Futurism