We Have Made Our Planet. Now We Must Try To Live on It

Ever since humans emerged onto the wild savannah, we have modified our environment — burning our way through forest, cutting necklaces of rice into mountains, shifting rivers, hunting to disappearance the biggest animals and taming many others, digging rock and mud to grow magnificent cities where living structures once stood.

But the changes humans have made in recent decades have been on such a scale that they have altered our world beyond anything it has experienced in its 4.6 billion-year history. Our influence is no longer confined to a local area or even a region — it’s global, and so profound, it is pushing the planet into a new age that geologists are calling the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans.

Millions of years from now, a stripe in the accumulated layers of rock on Earth’s surface will reveal our human fingerprint just as we can see evidence of dinosaurs in rocks of the Jurassic or the explosion of life that marks the Cambrian. Our influence will show up as changes in the chemistry of the oceans, the loss of forests and the growth of deserts, the damming of rivers and the retreat of glaciers. The fossil records will show —> Read More Here


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