Humans Stress the Environment

We think of humans as suffering from stress but as often as not humans cause stress. Humans have always stressed their environment. Many of the environmental changes have occurred as a result of humans placing the environment under stress. I have already written about how I think this occurred on Easter Island; another example is how the fields of grain that surrounded ancient Athens regressed into difficult land to farm, as the topsoil eroded due to the human methods of farming. Continue reading