How Human Extinction Would Change The Earth

  If our species disappeared tomorrow, what would actually happen, and what kind of planet would we be leaving behind? We are living through the dawn of a new epoch in the Earth’s history – the Anthropocene. Humans have always shaped aspects of their environment, from fire to farming. But the influence of Homo sapiens on Earth has reached such a level that it now defines current geological time. From air pollution in the upper atmosphere to fragments of plastic at the bottom of the ocean, it’s nearly impossible to find a place on our planet that humankind has not touched in some way. But there’s a dark cloud on the horizon.