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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!

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Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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Stunning video: World getting greener BECAUSE of fossil fuels