Science and Nature

Humanity from Space

Trace humankind's long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this special uses mind-boggling data and CGI to disclose the breathtaking extent of humanity's influence, revealing how we've transformed our planet and produced an interconnected world of extraordinary complexity.

Humanity from Space

1h 54m

A trip through 12,000 years of development, this two-hour special shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation have changed the course of civilization. As our global population soars, humanity will face numerous challenges in order to survive.

Episodes

  • Humanity from Space: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Humanity from Space

    1h 54m

    A trip through 12,000 years of development, this two-hour special shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation have changed the course of civilization. As our global population soars, humanity will face numerous challenges in order to survive.

Extras + Features

  • Earth Seen From Space: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Earth Seen From Space

    3m 23s

    The development of steam mechanization changes humanity’s impact on the world forever. From living predominantly agricultural lives, humanity has moved to vast urban settlements, which have grown over the last couple of hundred years. Although this change is relatively recent, our modern global society can now not survive without cities.

  • The Black Marble: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Black Marble

    2m 54s

    From space the illuminated world is a thing of extraordinary beauty. Almost everything we do involves electricity, and this interconnectivity of our electrified world can be seen from space.

  • The Population Clock: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Population Clock

    3m 30s

    It took humanity 11.5 thousand years to reach a global population of one billion people, but only another 130 years to double that. Up until now, humanity has been successful in developing the means to sustain this level of growth, but how can we continue to provide the food, water and power required as the world’s population is set to increase by two billion over a single generation?

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    Preview

    30s

    A trip through 12,000 years of development, the film shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation have changed the course of civilization. The program considers the challenges humanity will face in order to survive as our global population soars.

  • The Modern World: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Modern World

    2m 44s

    In the modern world, technology links all of us. For the first time ever, we can see humanity on a global scale and look at how our vast, planet-spanning networks impact the Earth in a way never before possible — from space.

  • The Connected Planet: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Connected Planet

    2m 4s

    Our interconnected planet has been in the making for thousands of years. How have the flashes of brilliance that have enabled humanity to develop the modern world impacted the needs of future generations?

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