The current epoch of time is called by many the Anthropocene. The time of mans impact on the natural world.
This video shows how dramatically our impact on the world has changed since the industrial revolution.
This BBC News article introduces the effects we have had and the views of scientists as to whether we can survive this era.
The Earth system will stabilise again, but under a different set of conditions, which would be a lot less suitable for the whole range of nature that we find today – Professor Will Steffen