New study stresses on historical significance of human interaction with nature

November 26th, 2007 - 12:37 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Nov 26 (ANI): A new study has suggested that humankind should learn from its past interactions with the environment for fighting against its many accumulated problems like global warming.
According to the study, current societal actions, such as contributions to global warming, can resound in climatic and other ways for centuries into the future.
The study also states that society in the 21st century is a global system, and the most critical problems facing humanity exceed regional and national borders.
In the past, when civilizations were challenged, or even when they collapsed, it happened in a relatively isolated region. But in our interconnected global system, massive social or environmental trouble in one region threatens the entire system.
That is why if society wants to survive the accumulating problems it now faces, an integrated, transdisciplinary understanding of how humans have interacted with nature in the past is vital.

To develop an integrated understanding of the link between human and environmental change, a project has been started by the global-change research community, called ‘Integrated History and future of People on Earth (IHOPE).’
IHOPE would aim to take a positive attitude toward understanding the history of how humans have interacted with the rest of nature to clarify the options for managing our environment. (ANI)

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