Interaction Between Humans and the Environment

  • Jan 1, 1348

    Black Plague

    disease that originated from rats in China and killed 1/3 of Europe's population at the time.
  • Industrial Revolution

    Workers moved from farms to cities and worked in factories. This created child labor and lots of alcoholism in men as well as pollution.
  • Smallpox

    Smallpox was a disease from the virus Variola major and killed about 400,000 Europeans.
  • Steam Engine

    James Watt invented the steam engine which could power a lot of machines inside the factories.
  • Irish Potato Famine

    Ireland experienced a major starvation and lost 20-25% of their population.
  • Flu Epidemic

    Major outbreak of the flu virus which killed 3-5% of the world's population at the time.