How Earth Made Us: Human Planet

In this series Professor Iain Stewart looks at how four geological forces have shaped human history. In this fifth and last episode he explores the most recent dominant force on earth, humans. It’s easy to think of the human impact on the planet as a negative one, but as Iain discovers, this isn’t always the case. It is clear that humans have unprecedented control over many of the planet’s geological cycles; the question is, how will the human race use this power? (57 min)

3 Responses

  1. Redroom Studios says:

    hey, glad you could find and post this… I thought it was perhaps the least interesting of the series. Maybe its because the observations of what we are doing is not all positive. The Indonesian mud volcano is a horrible catastrophe! Some of those scenes inside the houses remind me of Pompei. The tar sands projects in northern Alberta are disgusting, a real embarrassment for Canada.

    I really love this host and his Scottish accent though…

  2. shapeshift says:

    It’s funny because it is those reasons that I thought this episode was more interesting than the others. I also like the analysis that up to this point humans affected the environment without understanding how and why but moving forward, we will understand our all actions. Hopefully, because of that awareness, we will make better decisions.

  3. Fred says:

    The good professor’s claims regarding the “Missing Ice Age” bear some investigation. That human agriculture could influence climate at a time when the human population was tiny seems to me to be ridiculous, and with some university level climatology, I had, before this episode, never heard of a “missing Ice Age”.

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