Lies, damned lies and statistics

I love the way environmentalists like to spin things. Take a look at the first and last paragraphs of this CNN story on a study that claims People use 83 percent of land surface:

Humans take up 83 percent of the Earth’s land surface to live on, farm, mine or fish, leaving just a few areas pristine for wildlife, according to a new report this week.


Antarctica and a few Arctic land patches were not included in the study because of the lack of data and near absence of human influences, said Malanding Jaiteh, senior staff associate at CIESIN.

What kind of statistic is that?!? Humans use 83% of the land that they use? This is supposed to be a shocking statistic?

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