A thought provoking article to be sure....
I am by no means defending humanity's actions over the past several hundred years.
We can sow chaos with a keystroke in an investment bank, one signal to a Predator drone, a seed dislodged from the sole of a boot, a fish tank emptied into a canal. But when asked to repair the mess we've made, we proclaim our impotence.
Kudzu is a variety of leafy vine that was introduced to America in the 1940's for only one decade to control soil erosion. It is spreading like the veritable plague here and nothing can actually stop it.
I saw a show last night on the Discovery channel about how the Pacific Islands were inhabited by animals and plant life over the past 50,000 years. Cyclones picking up animals and sweeping them across the ocean.... sea birds carrying seeds and nesting material aloft... and coconuts floating across the ocean for months at a time.A part of me says that the ecological disasters are bad, but a part of me says "ok".
Some things (like our kudzu plants now) are simply beyond our ability to stop.
Some things (like the monster mouse) could be controlled with a coordinated effort.
Some things (like the European mink) will have to be isolated and saved somehow.Perhaps in the larger scheme of things.... over the next 10,000 years... our impact will end up being the "inevitable one" that Nature built into her schedule of change to begin with.