Lake sediments at Huila from the last 700 years indicate the presence of pre-Hispanic peoples, managing and cultivating an open landscape.This list is automatically created through the UMass Scholarworks system.To have your publication included, submit it to Scholarworks.The subsequent colonization of the region by Europeans in the late 1500’s decimated the indigenous population, leading to the abandonment of the region in conjunction with an expansion in forest cover ca. After approximately 130 years of vegetation recovery, montane cloud forest reached a stage of structural maturity comparable to that seen in the pre-human arrival forest.The following 100 years (1718-1822 CE) of low human population and minimal human impact in the region is proposed as a shifted ecological baseline for future restoration and conservation goals.We need to replace them with a global economic democracy, a radical bottom-up political democracy, an eco-socialist civilization.I’m going to restate my argument here in the form of six theses.Clouds of nuclear radiation are drifting toward the southern hemisphere and soon radioactive fallout will rain down on Australia, dooming that population as well. To a stranger from another world, looking down on Earth today, our own situation might appear not so different.Despite ever-more-alarming reports by our top climate scientists, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (." data-medium-file="https://palaeolim.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/imgp0667.jpg? w=300" data-large-file="https://palaeolim.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/imgp0667.jpg? w=1024" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-1686" src="https://palaeolim.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/imgp0667.jpg? w=150&h=113" alt="Nick recovers a sediment core for his Ph D project." width="150" height="113" srcset="https://palaeolim.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/imgp0667.jpg? (2017) Changing human impact on the montane forests of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador. School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, The Open University.w=150&h=113 150w, https://palaeolim.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/imgp0667.jpg? w=300&h=226 300w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" / Loughlin, N. Abstract: The montane cloud forests of South America are some of the most biodiverse habitats in the world, whilst also being especially vulnerable to climate change and human disturbance.