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Life and the Earth: interlocking histories

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2008 is the UN International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE). It offers an opportunity to review something of how modern developments have revealed how the planet ‘works’ and how it has interacted with the evolution of life for most of the its history. Earth has not been continuously hospitable and the so-called ‘mass extinctions’ continue to provide fascinating geological and biological questions.

Understanding the past better ought to direct our attention to the unique problems of the current situation. From knowledge can come concern and hopefully IYPE can to inspire us to cherish our beautiful planet and learn not to take it for granted.

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