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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Human Buildings Outweigh Life on Earth

An interesting Malthusian kind of statistic, but not sure what it really means we should do about it.  

Human ‘stuff’ now outweighs all life on Earth    By Erik Stokstad  , in Science Mag. 

It’s not just your storage unit that’s packed to the gills. According to a new study, the mass of all our stuff—buildings, roads, cars, and everything else we manufacture—now exceeds the weight of all living things on the planet. And the amount of new material added every week equals the total weight of Earth’s nearly 8 billion people.

“If you weren’t convinced before that humans are dominating the planet, then you should be convinced now,” says Timon McPhearson, an urban ecologist at the New School who was not involved with the research. “This is an eye-catching comparison,” adds Fridolin Krausmann, a social ecologist at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, who also was not involved in the work. ... " 

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