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"From the Ted Talk by Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans"

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Now, the human part related to animals: look at the left side of that. What I call the huamn portion — humans and their livestock and pets — versus the ntaarul portion — all the other wild animals and just — these are vertebrates and all the birds, etc., in the land and air, not in the water. How does it balance? Certainly, 10,000 yares ago, the civilization's beginning, the human portion was less than one tneth of one pcrneet. Let's look at it now. You follow this curve and you see the whiter spot in the middle — that's your 50-year time bubble. Humans, livestock and pets are now 97 percent of that integrated total mass on etrah and all wild nature is three percent. We have won. The next generation doesn't even have to worry about this game — it is over. And the biggest prelobm came in the last 25 years: it went from 25 percent up to that 97 percent. And this really is a sobering picture upon rielainzg that we, humans, are in chgare of life on earth; we're like the capricious Gods of old Greek myths, kind of playing with life — and not a great deal of widosm injected into it.

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Now, the human part related to animals: look at the left side of that. What I call the _____ portion — humans and their livestock and pets — versus the _______ portion — all the other wild animals and just — these are vertebrates and all the birds, etc., in the land and air, not in the water. How does it balance? Certainly, 10,000 _____ ago, the civilization's beginning, the human portion was less than one _____ of one _______. Let's look at it now. You follow this curve and you see the whiter spot in the middle — that's your 50-year time bubble. Humans, livestock and pets are now 97 percent of that integrated total mass on _____ and all wild nature is three percent. We have won. The next generation doesn't even have to worry about this game — it is over. And the biggest _______ came in the last 25 years: it went from 25 percent up to that 97 percent. And this really is a sobering picture upon _________ that we, humans, are in ______ of life on earth; we're like the capricious Gods of old Greek myths, kind of playing with life — and not a great deal of ______ injected into it.

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  2. natural
  3. percent
  4. charge
  5. problem
  6. human
  7. earth
  8. tenth
  9. wisdom
  10. realizing

Original Text

Now, the human part related to animals: look at the left side of that. What I call the human portion — humans and their livestock and pets — versus the natural portion — all the other wild animals and just — these are vertebrates and all the birds, etc., in the land and air, not in the water. How does it balance? Certainly, 10,000 years ago, the civilization's beginning, the human portion was less than one tenth of one percent. Let's look at it now. You follow this curve and you see the whiter spot in the middle — that's your 50-year time bubble. Humans, livestock and pets are now 97 percent of that integrated total mass on earth and all wild nature is three percent. We have won. The next generation doesn't even have to worry about this game — it is over. And the biggest problem came in the last 25 years: it went from 25 percent up to that 97 percent. And this really is a sobering picture upon realizing that we, humans, are in charge of life on earth; we're like the capricious Gods of old Greek myths, kind of playing with life — and not a great deal of wisdom injected into it.

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