As if there aren't enough problems in the world, we are now on the verge of a phenomenon that will dwarf the projected scenarios of global warming. The cause is the alarming and accelerating loss of Earth's weight and mass by the burning of fossil fuels.
Every year that goes by, millions of tons of coal and millions of barrels of oil are burned. Nothing is left but ashes, soot, and gases, and there is nothing to replace it. Once burned, it's gone forever.
It began with the invention of the steam engine, when mankind became addicted to the use of fire to create energy. One can only imagine how much of our planet has been lost since that invention gave rise to the Industrial Revolution. Nevertheless, it is an indisputable fact that our world is getting smaller and lighter every day.