Humans on Earth: A Brief Ecological History


Many a history of humans have been told, but today let me offer you an extremely brief yet crucial narrative of our species from an ecological perspective.

It is a living history, and hopefully will still be a living history for generations to come, depending on the choices you and I make today.

This is the story about remarkable ecological and geological processes unfolding over billions of years that gave us both a breathable atmosphere and a massive stock of fossil fuel.

This is the story of how stored energy has catapulted our civilization into multiplicity and prosperity, but at the time threatens our own survival.

It is a story worth telling in its full glory. Remarkably, it is also refreshingly simple and elegant to tell, requiring nothing more than the most basic understanding of biology and arithmetic.


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