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Energy is all around us,
a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
Our universe has a finite amount of it;
it's neither created nor destroyed
but can take different forms,
such as kinetic or potential energy,
with different properties and formulas to remember.
For instance,
an LED desk lamp's 6 Watt bulb
transfers 6 Joules of light energy per second.
But let's jump back up into space
to look at our planet, its systems, and their energy flow.
Earth's physical systems include
the atmosphere,
and biosphere.
Energy moves in and out of these systems,
and during any energy transfer between them,
some is lost to the surroundings,
as heat, light, sound, vibration, or movement.
Our planet's energy comes from
internal and external sources;
geothermal energy from radioactive isotopes
and rotational energy from the spinning of the Earth
are internal sources of energy,
while the Sun is the major external source,
driving certain systems,
like our weather and climate.
Sunlight warms the surface and atmosphere
in varying amounts,
and this causes convection,
producing winds and influencing ocean currents.
Infrared radiation, radiating out
from the warmed surface of the Earth,
gets trapped by greenhouse gases
and further affects the energy flow.
The Sun is also the major source of energy
for organisms.
Plants, algae, and cyanobacteria
use sunlight to produce organic matter
from carbon dioxide and water,
powering the biosphere's food chains.
We release this food energy
using chemical reactions,
like combustion and respiration.
At each level in a food chain,
some energy is stored
in newly made chemical structures,
but most is lost to the surroundings,
as heat, like your body heat,
released by your digestion of food.
Now, as plants are eaten by primary consumers,
only about 10% of their total energy
is passed on to the next level.
Since energy can only flow in one direction
in a food chain,
from producers onto consumers and decomposers,
an organism that eats lower on the food chain,
is more efficient than one higher up.
So eating producers is the most efficient level
at which an animal can get its energy,
but without continual input of energy
to those producers,
mostly from sunlight,
life on Earth as we know it
would cease to exist.
We humans, of course, spend our energy
doing a lot of things besides eating.
We travel, we build, we power all sorts of technology.
To do all this,
we use sources like fossil fuels:
coal, oil, and natural gas,
which contain energy
that plants captured from sunlight
long ago
and stored in the form of carbon.
When we burn fossil fuels in power plants,
we release this stored energy
to generate electricity.
To generate electricity,
heat from burning fossil fuels
is used to power turbines
that rotate magnets,
which, in turn, create magnetic field changes
relative to a coil of wire,
causing electrons to be induced to flow in the wire.
Modern civilization depends on our ability
to keep powering that flow of electrons.
Fortunately, we aren't limited
to burning non-renewable fossil fuels
to generate electricity.
Electrons can also be induced to flow
by direct interaction with light particles,
which is how a solar cell operates.
Other renewable energy sources,
such as wind, water, geothermal, and biofuels
can also be used to generate electricity.
Global demand for energy is increasing,
but the planet has limited energy resources
to access through a complex energy infrastructure.
As populations rise,
alongside rates of industrialization and development,
our energy decisions grow more and more important.
Access to energy
impacts health, education, political power, and socioeconomic status.
If we improve our energy efficiency,
we can use our natural resources more responsibly
and improve quality of life for everyone.



【TED-Ed】A guide to the energy of the Earth - Joshua M. Sneideman

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