This news piece is an overview of how some recent work in evolution/ecology is (perhaps) changing how biologists view the relationships between populations and the ecosystems they inhabit. The premise seems to be that while biologists have long known that evolution can shape the environment itself (classic example: the “great oxygenation event” 2+ billion years ago), they have assumed that this happens on enormously long timescales and thus could not be observed in typical ways. It may be that this premise is just a little overstated, but the article is a very interesting survey of some recent examples of eco-evolutionary dynamics. The hook is that these are evolutionary processes that occur really fast but that nevertheless alter the environment in ways more interesting and important than just consuming resources (for example).
The article is a lay-level news piece that is approachable and, I think, open access.