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By Daniel Goleman

The bestselling writer of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership now brings us Ecological Intelligence—revealing the hidden environmental effects of what we make and purchase, and the way with that wisdom we will be able to force the fundamental adjustments all of us needs to make to save lots of our planet and ourselves.

We purchase “herbal” shampoos that comprise commercial chemical compounds that may threaten our well-being or contaminate the surroundings. We dive all the way down to see coral reefs, now not understanding that an component in our sunscreen feeds an endemic that kills the reef. We put on natural cotton t-shirts, yet don’t comprehend that its dyes may possibly placed manufacturing facility employees in danger for leukemia. In Ecological Intelligence, Daniel Goleman finds why such a lot of of the goods which are classified eco-friendly are a “mirage,” and illuminates our wild inconsistencies in line with the ecological crisis.

Drawing on state-of-the-art study, Goleman explains why we as consumers are at nighttime over the hidden affects of the products and prone we make and devour, sufferers of a blackout of data concerning the dangerous results of manufacturing, delivery, packaging, dispensing, and discarding the products we buy.

But the stability of strength is ready to shift from vendor to client, as a brand new iteration of applied sciences informs us of the ecological evidence approximately items on the element of buy. This “radical transparency” will let shoppers to make smarter deciding to buy judgements, and should force businesses to reconsider and reform their companies, ushering in, Goleman claims, a brand new age of aggressive advantage.

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It seems almost certain that close in time and space to the origin of our solar system, there was a supernova event. A supernova is the explosion of a large star. Astronomers speculate that this fate may overtake a star in the following manner: as a star burns, mostly by fusion of its hydrogen and, later, helium atoms, the ashes of its fire in the form of other heavier elements such as silicon and iron accumulate at the centre. If this core of dead elements, no longer generating heat and pressure, should much exceed the mass of our own sun, the inexorable force of its own weight will be enough to cause its collapse in a matter of seconds to a body no larger than a few thousand cubic miles in volume, although still as heavy as a star.

How, then, do we identify and distinguish between the works of Gaia and the chance structures of natural forces? And how do we recognize the presence of Gaia herself? Fortunately we are not, like those demented hunters of the Snark, entirely without a chart or means of recognition; we have some clues. At the end of the last century Boltzman made an elegant redefinition of entropy as a measure of the probability of a molecular distribution. It may seem at first obscure, but it leads directly to what we seek.

These are biosedimentary structures, often laminated and shaped like cones or cauliflowers, usually composed of calcium carbonate or silica and now recognized to be products of microbial activity. Some of these are found in ancient flint-like rocks over three aeons old. Their general form suggests that they were produced by photosynthesizers, like blue-green algae of today, converting sunlight to chemical potential energy. Indeed we can be fairly sure that some early life was photosynthetic, using sunlight as the prime source of energy, for there is no other energy supply of sufficiently high potential, constancy, and quantity.

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