Normally, the opening paragraph summarizes the most important points of the article. It should clearly explain the subject so that the reader is prepared for the greater level of detail that follows. If further introductory material is appropriate before the first section, it can be covered in subsequent paragraphs in the lead. Introductions to biographical articles commonly double as summaries, listing the best-known achievements of the subject. Because some readers will read only the opening of an article, the most vital information should be included.
Hi, David. I’m just the poster girl for Emergy Synthesis. There’s an entire science out there on evaluating the energy basis for society, linked below, some of it as readily accessible PDFs. The hard, quantitative analysis has been done, especially on net emergy, which is the most important aspect at this point. We don’t have to waste time and energy heading down numerous blind alleys attempting market solutions that are not valued appropriately? How do we decide which renewables to put our efforts into, if we decide to get really serious about survival for humanity, putting it ahead of wealth acquisition in markets? As fossil fuels wane, the importance of the environment on which we subsist will become more and more evident–if we burn every last stick of furniture in the house in a desperate attempt to stay warm, there will be nothing left to fall back on.
Tutor: Tony Padman began his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers. After a solid grounding in hard and soft news, he turned to features by writing stories on health, religion, sport, education, travel and food. He has written news and features for both the tabloid and broadsheet press and now specialises in news, interviews, education, entertainment and general features. He has interviewed a diverse group of people ranging from Jamie Oliver to Simon Weston, Nancy Dell'Olio, Eddie Kidd, Pierce Brosnan, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Sir Peter O'Sullevan, Eddie Kidd, Derek Jameson, Eddy Shah, Harry Gregg, Baroness Shirley Williams and the cast of Downton Abbey, The Bill and Coronation Street. He undertook his teaching qualification in 2008 and has been lecturing on a part-time basis ever since