How can those 10 digits properly reflect the size of our species?
Can we truly grasp our impact?
Currently, to better understand our presence on Earth, we consider a variety of statistics, like, how many cars are on the road at once, or how many emails are sent per day.
If Humans disappeared?
Within the first hour, mass blackouts would start to occur across the globe. Electricity generated from coal plants would fail once their fuel ran out; while wind and water-powered systems would also shut down without human supervision.
In 150 years, urban environments would be restored to their natural status before human time. London would revert to swampland. And in northern cities like Vancouver, skeletons of buildings would poke out from layer upon layer of snow and ice. Las Vegas might look like a giant sandcastle.