A study has mapped the impact of humanity on the environment in the last 16 years. The researchers used various kinds of satellite data to analyse eight different categories of human impacts between 1993 and 2009. These include cropland, pasture land, population density, nighttime lights, roads, railways, and navigable waterways. They found that while the human footprint had not grown in direct proportion to the population or economy, the most intense pressure was being felt in the most biodiverse places such as the Amazon and the Arctic.
This map shows where humans' impact on the environment increased or decreased from 1993 to 2009