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The online journal RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society publishes provocative, less formal pieces related to the RCC’s environment and society research themes.

Why Is Human Niche Construction Transforming Planet Earth?

Why have humans changed the planet more profoundly, and in more varied ways, than any other species? Ellis argues that the answer lies in the unparalleled capacity of human societies to construct ecological niches at growing social and spatial scales. Ellis explains how, as a result of ongoing processes of sociocultural evolution, the human ecological niche continues to be both diverse and dynamic.