All Human-Made Objects on Earth Amount to 30 Trillion Tons

All Human-Made Objects on Earth Amount to 30 Trillion Tons

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Although uninhabited by people, and remote, Komodo island’s beaches are covered with plastic. Indonesian National Park of the Komodo. Captions and Photo: © SAF — Coastal Care

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Scientists recently discovered that all objects on Earth created by people adds up to an astoundingly large figure.

All of these objects are collectively known as Earth’s “technosphere.” Distributed evenly over the planet’s surface, the technosphere would translate into about 110 pounds (50 kilograms) for every 11 square feet (1 square meter), the researchers said…

Read Full Article, LiveScience (12-05-2016)

Plastic Island: How our throwaway culture is turning paradise into a graveyard, CNN (12-01-2016)

Here’s How Much Plastic Ends Up In the World’s Oceans,The Time (02-13-2015)
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, it’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline…

The Ocean Is Contaminated by Trillions More Pieces of Plastic Than Thought, IOP Science (12-08-2015)
This new study suggests there are 15 to 51 trillion micro plastic particles (those less than 200 millimeters in size) in the world’s oceans, weighing between 93 and 236,000 metric tons. This is about seven times more than scientists had previously estimated…

Biodegradable Plastics Are Not the Answer to Reducing Marine Litter, Says UN; UN News Center (11-23-2015)
Widespread adoption of products labelled ‘biodegradable’ will not significantly decrease the volume of plastic entering the ocean or the physical and chemical risks that plastics pose to marine environment, concluded a UN report released today…

Great Pacific garbage patch far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows; Guardian UK (10-04-2016)

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age; Guardian UK (08-29-2016)

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