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Stunning video: World getting greener BECAUSE of fossil fuels

Posted: March 28, 2013 at 7:45 am   /   by

Nineteen minutes is longer than most people will give a video these days, but if you have the time, check this one out, all the way to the end.

The world is getting greener—literally, more areas are becoming forested and covered with plants—because of fossil fuel use. Because of nitrogen fertilizer, because of carbon dioxide, because of efficient farming, and because products and energy sources that don’t use up other natural resources.

Another stunner? Not counting island species—many of which were wiped out not by hunting, but simply by the introduction of other species (like ship rats) for which the island animals had no natural defenses—how many species have humans driven to extinction since 1500? I was thinking 100, maybe 200 when the question was posed. Instead, it’s 9. Nine non-island species since 1500. Way less than I expected.

There’re other amazing insights aswell. Watch!