20 Aug '11, 10pm

Can we return planet earth to its former glory, or have we already caused irreparable harm?

Can we return planet earth to its former glory, or have we already caused irreparable harm?

The last ice age ended around 13,000 years ago, allowing humankind to extend our reach across the globe and create the incredibly complex and diverse planet we now inhabit. During the first few millenniums after the last glacial maximum, temperatures increased, ice sheets melted, ocean levels rose and vegetation proliferated, but for the past 10,000 years the earth has enjoyed a relatively stable existence. As Bill McKibben explains in the first chapter of his book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet , “For the ten thousand years that constitute human civilization we’ve existed in the sweetest of sweet spots. The temperature has barely budged; globally averaged, it’s swung in the narrowest of ranges, between fifty-eight and sixty degrees Fahrenheit.” That balance of not-too-hot, not-too-cold, opened up vast areas of land to agriculture, yet maintained the mountain...

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