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Why we should worry about the bloody planet

From "BBC’s Earth: The Power of the Planet" :- our planet is really tough  and there is nothing to suggest that it is going to change anytime soon
in the long run, earth can cope with anything we can throw at it  we could clear all the jungles, but a jungle can regrow over a few thousand years  we could burn all earths’ fossil fuels, flooding the atmosphere with carbon dioxide  but even then, it will take the planet only a million years or so for the atmosphere to recover  even the animals we are wiping out will eventually be replaced by others equally rich in diversity  as a relentless work of evolution continues  it’s only a question of time  the earth will be just fine.
it’s not to say rapid changes we force on earth don’t matter  that is because humans operate on a different time scale  we have evolved to life in a world as it is now  so in changing this world, we are altering the environment that has allowed the human race to thrive  we could be creating conditions that threaten that …