How Work Overheats The Earth

We’re ignoring the laws of physics and going to thermodynamic jail

indi.ca
8 min readSep 7, 2023

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Image of thermodynamics via Granta Magazine

In physics, ‘work’ is the energy transferred to (or from) an object. Not all energy can be transferred to an object, some is necessarily lost as heat. If we keep doubling the work we do every generation (a 2.3% growth rate), the waste heat boils the oceans in 400 years. Work is thus not something to…

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