Video Shows Every Road and Shipping Route/Flight Path on Earth
Holy shit, we have changed the planet like it's completely and entirely ours, but it can never be that because we have to share it with everything!
Especially if we eat other things!
How humans have transformed Earth: Incredible video illuminates every road, shipping route and flight path
Three per cent of the planet's land surface is under tarmac - an area the size of India
The three-minute clip is the result of 13 years of devotion by Canadian anthropologist Felix Pharand.
Using an ordinary home PC, Pharand input data from agencies such as the Geospatial Intelligence Agency and Atmospheric Administration to create accurate illustrations of how humans have 'domesticated' our planet - superimposing the data on images of the earth's cities lit up at night.
Pharand claims three per cent of the planet's land surface is under tarmac - an area the size of India.
Recently, the United Nations Populations Fund revealed that by October 31, there will be an extra billion people on the Earth compared to 1999.
Felix is positive about the legacy of our species. 'Today's global civilisation is the work of billions of people throughout history,' he said, 'It has been established through much effort, successes and sufferings - as well as wars, inventions, exchanges, crisis and socio-technological changes. The world at the start of the 21st Century is also the result of what we call the Great Acceleration - the most rapid transformation of the human relationship with the natural world in history.
'Many human activities reached take-off points sometime in the mid-20th Century and sharply accelerated towards the end of the century. These shots are a tool to raise awareness - I think we have a duty to remain optimistic in our hearts,' says Pharand, a director of environmental group Globaia.
By the end of the 21st century the world population could more than double to 15.8 billion people.