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Manmade mass now outweighs life on Earth

13/12/2020 11:43 PM | Click to read full article

For the first time in history manmade materials now likely outweigh all life on Earth. The weight of roads, buildings and other constructed or manufactured materials is doubling roughly every 20 years, and authors of the research said it currently weighed 1.1 teratonnes.

As mankind has ramped up its insatiable consumption of natural resources, the weight of living biomass -- trees, plants and animals -- has halved since the agricultural revolution to stand at just 1 teratonne currently.