All the Discovery Institute’s talk about “information” has inspired us to present some news articles from PhysOrg that may be of use in thinking about their revolutionary concept. The first is What waste: human excrement can fuel developing world, which says:
Gas produced by decaying human waste is a potentially major source of energy, providing electricity for millions of homes while improving sanitary conditions in developing countries, says a UN report. Biogas — about 60 percent methane — can be produced by having bacteria break down human feces. And it would be worth the equivalent of $9.5 billion in non-renewable natural gas, the UN Institute for Water, Environment and Health said on Tuesday. Residues from treated waste could yield two million tons a year of “solid” fuel worldwide that could reduce charcoal use and the number of trees being felled, which would help in global warming reduction efforts, the report added.
Wow — biogas is worth $9.5 billion! Hey — look at this:
Almost a billion people around the world do not have access to toilets, about 60 percent of them in India, and have to relieve themselves outdoors.
That’s a lot of Discoveroid information, and it’s all going to waste (so to speak). We’re also told:
If their excrement were collected, it could potentially be used to create more than 200 million dollars a year worth of biogas, and eventually rise to 376 million dollars, the researchers said. This volume of energy would be enough to power 18 million homes in developing nations, the report added.
There’s another article on the same subject here: Vast energy value in human waste: UN University.
Why don’t the Discoveroids — who are the world’s experts on this stuff — get busy and harvest all that information?
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