Smil2011: To harvest Planet Earth

Last Updated on November 3, 2021 by admin

Smil describes how man takes what Earth has to offer. The combined people on the planet now weigh 10 times as much as all other mammals combined – and we need food. By deforestation, draining mires and so on, the amount of living plant mass has been reduced by 45%, one third of which happened in the 21st century. There are ways to reduce the pressure on natural resources though. Read the whole paper in Population Development Research.