I have finished giving a metabolic perspective on human influence in the Anthropocene. It was livestreamed as an experiment - it would be interesting to see what the take-up was. The video will be available online soon. The slides are available on the link below.
The macroecology and environmental impacts of humanity (58 MB)
This lecture explores how human activity and use of the biosphere has changed through human history and pre-history, through hunter-gatherer, agrarian and industrial modes of society. I discuss the concept of describing human activity and material and energy use through social metabolism, and compare with the inherent biological metabolism of the biosphere. I explore a range of ideas and bizarre questions such as: to what extent can human societies be considered as superorganisms? In what way are cities more like stars rather than like ant colonies?
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University