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A human (variously Homo sapiens and Homo sapiens sapiens) is a primate of the family Hominidae. Humans are the only extant species of the genus Homo. Humans are distinguished from other primates by their bipedal locomotion, and especially by their relatively larger brain with its particularly well developed neocortex, prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes, which enable high levels of abstract reasoning, language, problem solving, and culture through social learning.

Humans use tools to a much higher degree than any other animal, and are the only extant species known to build fires and cook their food, as well as the only known species to clothe themselves and create and use numerous other technologies and arts. The scientific study of humans is the discipline of anthropology.

Humans are an integral part of the environment and have a significant impact on the natural world. The role of humans in the environment depends on a variety of factors, including their culture, economic status, and the resources and technologies available to them.

Some of the ways in which humans interact with and impact the environment include:

  • Using natural resources: Humans rely on the natural environment for a wide range of resources, including food, water, timber, and minerals. The extraction and use of these resources can have both positive and negative impacts on the environment, depending on how they are managed.

  • Producing waste: Humans generate a variety of waste products as a result of their activities, including household trash, industrial by-products, and agricultural waste Proper waste management is important in order to minimize the negative impacts of waste on the environment and human health.

  • Modifying the landscape: Humans have a long history of altering the landscape through activities such as farming, forestry, urbanization, and resource extraction. These activities can have significant impacts on the environment, including the alteration of ecosystems and the loss of biodiversity

  • Polluting the environment: Human activities can also introduce harmful substances into the environment, including air pollutants, water pollutants, and chemical waste. These pollutants can have negative impacts on human health and the natural environment.

Overall, the role of humans in the environment is complex and multifaceted, and it is important for individuals and societies to consider the potential impacts of their actions on the natural world.

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