The Year In Nature

The planet strikes back! After being polluted, denuded and otherwise ravaged, Earth got fearsome with floods, fires and the threat of worse to come

Throughout the past century humanity did everything in its power to dominate nature. We dammed earth's rivers, chopped down the forests and depleted the soils. Burning up fossil fuels that had been created over eons, we pumped billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the air, altering atmospheric chemistry and appreciably warming the planet in just a few decades. And as our population began the year 2000 above the 6 billion mark, still spreading across the continents, dozens of animal and plant species were going extinct every day, including the first primate to disappear in more than 100 years, Miss Waldron's...

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