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Weight of the World | Timberland UK

2024-04-11

Weight of
the World

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By 2020, the weight of global human-made mass was more than all of living biomass. We’ve predicted that this will double by 2037. The weight of the world rests on our shoulders. Start the timeline to track our growing impact.

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Sources & methodology:

All data was taken from the nature.com article entitled ‘Global human-made mass exceeds all living biomass’ published on 9th December 2020 featuring data from the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

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  1. 1900 At the start of the 20th century, human-made mass weighed the equivalent of just 3% of the Earth's total biomass.
  2. 1901
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  45. 1944
  46. 1945 The end of World War 2 marks the start of the period known as the Great Acceleration - the creation of human-made mass sped up considerably.
  47. 1946
  48. 1947
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  54. 1953
  55. 1954
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  58. 1957
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  60. 1959 By 1959 human-made mass weighed the same as 10% of the Earth's biomass. One fifth of this mass was accounted for by concrete alone.
  61. 1960
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  63. 1962
  64. 1963
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  74. 1973 The 1973 oil crisis reversed the growth of human-made mass production for the next decade, though it never fell below 3% a year.
  75. 1974
  76. 1975
  77. 1976
  78. 1977
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  80. 1979 By 1979 human-made mass had reached the weight of 25% of the total biomass.
  81. 1980
  82. 1981
  83. 1982
  84. 1983
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  86. 1985
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  101. 2000 In the 20th century the amount of human-made mass grew by more than 16 times and had reached 50% of the weight of biomass.
  102. 2001
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  114. 2013 So far, we've not been including waste as part of human-made mass - including that, at this point it now outweighed the biomass.
  115. 2014
  116. 2015
  117. 2016
  118. 2017
  119. 2018
  120. 2019
  121. 2020 The tipping point: as of 2020, the human-made mass on the planet (excluding waste products) weighed as much as the biomass.
  122. 2021
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  138. 2037 It's currently thought that, in less than 20 years time, human-made mass (mostly concrete) will weigh double the Earth's biomass.
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