Like it or not We are living in the Anthropocene. This calls for a new way of looking at the biosphere:
Natural systems with humans disturbing them
Human systems, with natural systems embedded within them
Ecosystems no longer dominate the planet but rather human systems:
Q: “What are Human Systems?”
A: Human systems emerge from human interactions. As individuals, and even as populations, humans are just another species. Human systems, on the other hand, represent the integrated effects of humans interacting with each other at scales capable of forcing changes in the atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and other earth systems. Human systems have emerged as new primary earth systems, both by dramatically altering preexisting natural processes and more importantly, by introducing a host of new earth system-processes entirely novel to the earth system.
More information on this topic can be found at the Laboratory for Anthropogenic Landscape Ecology.
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