January 3, 2011
As it has grown in numbers and technological might, the human race has become a force of geophysical proportion, on par with the asteroid that struck the Yucatan during the Cretaceous era, dethroning Tyrannosaurus rex. Extinction is final. Yet no species is immortal. Extinction has been part of evolution since life emerged on Earth.
This is a chapter from The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises (2010).