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Human-made materials now outweigh Earth’s entire biomass – The European Scientist

The mass of human-made materials has now reached the same mass as that of all living organisms on Earth, according to groundbreaking study.



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While the natural world continues to shrink, the anthropogenic mass the mass of all human-made materials created since the Industrial revolution, including houses, cars, roads, and aeroplanes has grown. Indeed, the number of so-called technospecies has far surpassed the estimated 9 million biological species on the planet, according to a new groundbreaking study published on 10 December in the journal Nature (1).
The team of scientists from the Weizmann Institute in Israel performed a rigorous and…

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