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The Earth was 570.9 percent more abundant in 2019 than it was in 1980.

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Last year saw the mainstreaming of a Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (Vhemt). According to its American founder who goes by Les U. Knight, "I've seen more and more articles about people choosing to remain child-free or to not add more to their existing family than ever." He is right. In recent years, articles embracing the benefits of human extinction included The New Yorker magazine's "The Case for Not Being Born," NBC News' "Science proves kids are bad for Earth. Morality suggests we stop having them" and The New York Times polemic "Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?" A CNN report on the United Nations' Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services findings noted that "we must act now, consuming less, polluting less, having fewer children." But are people really that bad for the planet?