2 years ago

How Humans Outweigh All Living Biomass on Earth

A study from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel shows that what we call the anthropogenic mass has grown considerably.
What humans have built and made from pavements, plastic bottles to glass-and-metal skyscrapers are now weighting heavier than the mass of living things on Earth.
At the beginning of the 20th century, we estimate the mass of human created things at 35 billion tons and it’s accumulating at a rate of 30 billion tons a year.
It means that every person on Earth generates more than their own weight on artificial goods per week.
This information has an important meaning as it gives us a shocking evidence on how we transformed the planet, alter the climate and extinct species.
The study doesn’t state when Earth will be more artificial than biological by mass as it’s difficult to clearly estimate the plant biomass.
We now have an idea of how massive our footprint is and hopefully, we will find ways to reduce it.