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  •  A million times this! (1+ / 0-)
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    splashy

    We have already covered far more than 1% of the Earth's surface with human made structures.

    The solar dilemma is covering deserts with solar plants, ruins the ecosystem.

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:47:49 PM PST

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    •  I am not sure that's true (1+ / 0-)
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      207wickedgood

      Remember, 70% of the earth's surface is covered by water. Antarctica is another nearly-10%. That's 80% that isn't human-occupied. In order to get to 1%, we'd need 5% of what's left.

      Do you really think that, for example, 5% of Asia is actually covered with human-made structures? Let alone Africa and South America? How about Canada?

      •  Might mean land area . . .. (0+ / 0-)

        In the USA, a few years ago I saw that if all the man-made structures (roads, building, etc etc) would almost exactly cover Ohio.

        Leaving everything else "pristine" - OTOH, Ohio is quite big if you think about it . . .

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