Another plus for Earth -- a strong, protective magnetic field
So the Earth's strong global magnetic field deflects the solar wind. Shouldn't that be added to the list of qualities needed by any future planet that we think we might inhabit? It's not enough just to be the right distance from the sun. We're much closer to the sun than Mars is. It takes the solar winds an additional 450 hours to reach Mars after passing Earth, giving them a chance to dissipate. I think the list of requirements for another inhabitable planet is going to keep getting longer, and the list of candidates shorter. Maybe we should tale care of the one we've got.