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  • Here's a thought experiment.

    這是一個想像實驗。

  • Every single human on the planet has gone.

    地球上沒有任何人類。

  • We don't know howthat doesn't matter.

    我們不知道原因,但並不重要。

  • What we'd like to know is, what happens next?

    我們要知道的是,接下來會發生什麼?

  • What would a world without humans be like?

    一個沒有人類的世界會是如何?

  • Within days, the electricity grid fails as fuel supplies run out and there's nobody to override the powerstation's failsafe mechanisms.

    幾天內,由於燃料來源耗盡,輸電網出現故障,沒有人可以把發電站的故障保護機制改成手控。

  • Within a week, the subways we've built under the water table flood.

    一周內,我們在地下水位下建造的地鐵會被洪水淹沒。

  • The 47 million liters of water that was pumped out of the London Underground every day inundates tunnels.

    每天從倫敦地鐵抽出 4700 萬升的水會淹沒隧道。

  • Without heating or air-conditioning, mould flourishes on moist surfaces in homes and offices, and ice bursts pipes.

    沒有暖氣或空調,黴菌會長在家裡和辦公室的潮濕表面上,並且冰會爆裂管道。

  • Within weeks, plants begin to take over buildings as the strongest species compete for space.

    幾週之內,植物開始佔據建築物,成為爭奪空間最強大的物種。

  • No one's there to cut them back.

    沒有人能修剪它們。

  • Fast forward in time.

    隨著時間往前推移。

  • The lines between city and countryside are blurred.

    城市和鄉村之間的界限變模糊。

  • Windows fall out of rotten frames and wildlife recolonizes towns.

    窗戶從腐爛的框架中脫落,野生動物重新定居於城鎮。

  • Farmland is blanketed by scrub and then trees.

    農田被灌木覆蓋,然後是樹木。

  • And scattered on the surface are the things that will never degrade.

    散落在地表上是永遠不會被分解的東西。

  • Metals corrode, plastics start to break down and disperse.

    金屬腐蝕、塑膠開始分解和消散。

  • But stainless steel pans, stranded granite worktops, and billions of car tires remain.

    但不銹鋼鍋、滯留的花崗岩檯面和數十億個汽車輪胎仍然存在。

  • Nuclear facilities fail as their fabric degrades.

    核能建設因爲結構分解而失去作用。

  • Some explode, irradiating the local ecosystem and causing many animals to die.

    一些輻射爆炸,導致當地生態系統和許多動物死亡。

  • The radiation leads to mutations in others, creating new evolutionary lines.

    輻射會導致其他物種發生突變,產生新的演化路線。

  • Meanwhile, the tiniest of plants are stubbornly breaking up even the motorways.

    與此同時,連最微小的植物也能頑強地分解高速公路。

  • Mosquitos are having a great time.

    蚊子過得很開心。

  • They've lost their enemy in us, but they've moved on to other animals.

    他們失去我們當敵人,而轉移到其他動物身上。

  • And they're busy pollinating plants as they love nectar as well as blood.

    他們忙於給植物授粉,因為他們喜歡花蜜跟血液。

  • Endangered animals have a chance and space to multiply again.

    瀕臨絕種的動物獲得生存機會和再次繁殖的空間。

  • Lions and elephants could even reach Europe, the strongest swimming across the Suez Canal.

    獅子和大象甚至可以到達歐洲,成為穿越蘇伊士運河的最強者。

  • Massive whirlpool islands of plastic carry on spinning in our oceans.

    巨大的塑膠漩渦島繼續在海洋中旋轉。

  • Each piece of plastic is ground down until microscopic grains of it are everywhere.

    每一塊塑膠都被磨碎,直到它只能從顯微鏡看到的微粒無處不在。

  • Bacteria may evolve to digest plastic, but this will take millions of years.

    細菌可能會進化成能夠消化塑膠,但這需要數百萬年的時間。

  • Could the Earth ever recover?

    地球還能恢復嗎?

  • Atmospheric carbon dioxide is absorbed by the vegetation that carpets the land.

    大氣中的二氧化碳被覆蓋在土地上的植物吸收。

  • Global temperatures and sea levels begin to fall.

    全球氣溫和海平面開始下降。

  • As chemical pollutants break down and sink into the earth, rivers become cleaner.

    隨著化學污染物分解並滲透入地下,河流變得乾淨。

  • Animals and plants flourish.

    動植物茁壯成長。

  • Is this a new Eden?

    這是新的伊甸園嗎?

  • Perhaps.

    有可能。

  • The Earth is a breathing organism that has lived with us for a fraction of its life.

    地球是一個會呼吸的有機體,在其生命的一小段時間裡與我們一起生活過。

  • Our human ingenuity has led to extraordinary changes to the world.

    我們人類的聰明才智給世界帶來了非凡的變化。

  • The planet would surviveindeed, thrivewithout us.

    地球沒有我們就能生存,甚至茁壯成長。

  • But it would never be able to forget us.

    但它永遠不會忘記我們。

  • We'd have left our mark.

    我們對地球產生了影響。

  • Thanks for watching.

    感謝觀看。

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    別忘記訂閱並點擊鈴鐺獲取新影片的通知。

  • See you again soon!

    下次見!

Here's a thought experiment.

這是一個想像實驗。

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