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Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

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A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact

May 21, 2018 — Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life on Earth by a groundbreaking new assessment of all life on the planet. Continue reading Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things

Five ways we know humans have triggered a new geological epoch

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Carbon in the atmosphere is one of many major marks humans will leave on the geological record. William Hong / Reuters
Is the Anthropocene real? That is, the vigorously debated concept of a new geological epoch driven by humans.

January 20, 2016 — Our environmental impact is indeed profound – there is little debate about that – but is it significant on a geological timescale, measured over millions of years? And will humans leave a Continue reading Five ways we know humans have triggered a new geological epoch