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Human-made materials now outweigh Earth’s entire biomass – study

Production of concrete, metal, plastic, bricks and asphalt greater than mass of living matter on planet, paper says

The giant human footprint stamped across the world in 2020 is greater than the impact on the planet of all other living things, research suggests.

  • Sandra Laville
  • The Guardian

The amount of plastic alone is greater in mass than all land animals and marine creatures combined, the study estimates.

While human beings might believe in “the immensity of the globe and the seeming infinity of the natural world”, the researchers say they wanted to provide an objective and rigorous measure of the…

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