Introduction: Background and History

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This Conference is to be about the global environment in the future, which implies that we are not entirely satisfied with it in the present and that we have some inkling of what it was like in the past. The geologists have told us the story of the aeons before there was life, of the spread and recessions of oceans, of the appearance of life, and the rise and fall of great forests in the days long before man came. The palaeontologists have mapped for us the development of living organisms in the past as manifested in the fossil record. The early history of man is still obscure, but we have some notion of his activities as a hunter and fire-raiscr-positive environment-influencing activities, but probably very slow-acting ones, conducted with complete unconcern for, and lack of knowledge of, any influence of change.


National Park Human Society Biochemical Evolution Population Problem Cosmic Body 
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