The techno-process describes the flow of materials through the supply and waste chains

Underlying the flow of materials through the techno-process is a flow of molecules. If the underlying molecular flows are “out of balance” with nature there is damage to the environment e.g. heavy metals, cfc’s, c=halogen compounds and CO2.

We call the study of the form of atoms in molecules, their flow, interactions, balances, stocks and positions moleconomics as it is more than chemistry and economics is involved.

The word ‘moleconomics’ is a new word for a new and still evolving discipline involving the study of the situation of atoms in molecules, their flow, interactions, balances, stocks and positions on scales ranging from local to universal [1]

A molecule is the smallest unit of a substance that can exist alone and retain the character of that substance.The suffix economics is derived from the Greek words οίκω [okos], 'house', and νέμω [nemo], 'rules' hence household management. Moleconomics is molecular management pertinent to the earth (the household).

Unnatural moleconomic imbalances have resulted in stocks of some molecules such as carbon dioxide, CFC’s, and heavy metals in undesirable positions such as the global commons.

Anthropoid technical paradigms, driven by fossil fuels and used by techno-processes in the techno-sphere have underlying flows of molecules. What we take from the environment around us, how we manipulate and make materials out of what we take and what we waste result in underlying molecular flows that affect earth systems. These flows should mimic or minimally interfere with natural flows, not accumulate or act unnaturally.

Flows are to positions and result in stocks, some of which are unnaturally high or low. The study of this process is the science of moleconomics

By changing the technical paradigms we can redefine the moleconomics of the planet.

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[1] John Harrison invented the word because there were difficulties with words like molecular ecology and molecular economics which were used with a different meaning to that considered logical given their roots.