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Mass of human-made material exceeds terrestrial biomass for the first time

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Human production of materials such as plastic, asphalt, and metal now collectively trumps all other living organisms on Earth.
Research from the Weizmann Institute of Sciences in Israel, according to The Guardian, estimates how the artificial mass has changed from 1900 to the present day.

The results indicate that humans double their mass footprint every 20 years and that each person adds more than their own body weight to the world each week.

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2020 is the first year that human mass has reached around 1.1 trillion tonnes, which now exceeds the overall global biomass. In 1900, artificial mass represented only about 3% of the world’s biomass.

Humans have also wiped out about half of the plant mass “since the first agricultural revolution,” which National Geographic think about 12,000 years ago.

“As modern agriculture increasingly uses land for cultivation, the total mass of domestic crops is more than offset by the loss of plant mass resulting from deforestation, forest management and other changes in land use. land use, ”write the study’s authors. These trends in global biomass have affected the carbon cycle and human health. Other human actions, including breeding, hunting and overfishing, have also strongly affected masses of various other taxa. “All land and sea creatures weigh around 4 billion tonnes, and plastic alone is 8 billion tonnes.

There was also a significant increase in human weight in the 1950s. The study estimates that it was humans who built buildings with concrete instead of brick and paving more roads with asphalt that led to the increase.

Notable cases of slow growth within the human mass took place during the decade of the Great Depression and the energy crisis of the 1970s which greatly affected the Western world.For anyone looking to discover a virtual hunt can read on the best ways to hunt in Red Dead Redemption 2 and IGN’s opinion on Hunting Simulator 2.

Also, check out the best city building games in case someone wants to create their own world.

Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.


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