How to Destroy the Planet

By Tom Randall and Eric Roston - 2013-05-22T16:13:09Z

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What Destroys a Planet?

As surely as April showers bring May flowers, budding plants prompt exhortations from environmentalists for each of us to step forth into the preserve of our choosing and save the planet.

If you really want to save the Earth, what you need to do first is identify what is destroying it. Last spring we looked at large-scale existential threats to the planet. That left some people feeling helpless: Destroying the planet seems like such an overwhelming challenge; how can I make a difference? 

Click ahead to learn how a single person can have the greatest ecological impact. The first step: Simply adopt a comfortable modern lifestyle.

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