Anthropocene

Earth Day Quotes 2017: 23 quotes about the environment that ring true now more than ever

Saturday, April 22 marks Earth Day 2017, the day that we all join together to celebrate the planet we share and its natural resources.<p>Thanks to the …

Earth Day

Different Ways of Engaging With Nature Tied to Quality of Life

Looking to improve your overall life satisfaction? Try regularly hiking in a forest or otherwise engaging with the natural environment.<p>Then, for good …

Psychology

A New World Atlas For A Planet In Crisis

A new atlas examines the relationship between fast-growing cities and the world’s most precious ecological hotspots.<p>By 2100, the UN projects that 10 billion people will live on Earth–and it’s likely that many of them will live in cities. For the professor Richard Weller, who heads the urbanism and …

Big History

Nature Is Making a Comeback. It’s Time to Celebrate.

Quick: look out the window.<p>Is the world still there?<p>Got some trees? A couple of birds? A few puffy clouds?<p>Good. Now sit for a minute and enjoy it.<p>People of every generation and especially over the past few decades have made efforts large and small to ensure the continued presence and health of …

Big History

The extreme inequality of landslides

Between 2004 and 2010, 2,620 landslides killed a total of 32,322 people worldwide – a figure which doesn’t even include those caused by earthquakes. …

Climate

Cultural Evolution in the Anthropocene

Where humanity is going, there are no roadmaps. The terrain is unlike anything we’ve seen before. The changes sweeping the Earth right now are …

Big History

Scientists May Have Solved Mystery Behind Extinction of Ice Age Giants

Melting glaciers turning land to bog was behind widespread extinctions of animals like the giant sloth and woolly mammoth between 15,000 and 11,000 …

Prehistory

An Ecoregion-Based Approach to Protecting Half the Terrestrial Realm

We assess progress toward the protection of 50% of the terrestrial biosphere to address the species-extinction crisis and conserve a global …

Ecosystems

A New Map of Life on Earth Shows How We Can Halt the World’s Sixth Great Extinction

Washington, D.C., Apr. 14 /CSRwire/ - A new study published in BioScience today examines a bold new approach to halting the world’s extinction crisis …

Big History

There's Now a Mathematical Equation Showing How Fast Humans Are Wrecking Earth

It is impossible to predict the future. What we can do is extrapolate a vision from our current body of scientific knowledge, mixed with a bit of …

Big History

Humans Are Wrecking the Last Place on Earth Where Orangutans, Tigers, Rhinos and Elephants Still Live Together in the Wild

You may not know it yet, but you probably already “Love the Leuser Ecosystem”—or at least I think you should, and will, once you learn how amazing …

Ecosystems

Meet the couple who brought a rainforest back to life

What was once 300 acres of coffee and cardamom fields in India’s Southern Ghats is now lush native forest, all thanks to the hard work and dedication …

Big History

Tortoise run over by car gets shell glued back together

LOUISVILLE, KY -- Have you noticed that something — or should we say, someone — is missing from Downtown Louisville?<p>Here's a hint: He has four legs, a shell, and cruises along slowly.<p>Spike the Tortoise became a local celebrity last summer after taking daily walks with his handlers, which attracted …

Wildlife

Pleistocene Park Aims For Ice Age Rebirth

Hundreds of mammals are scheduled to populate northern Siberia in hopes of mitigating climate change. A Serengeti of the north, two Russian’s …

Climate Change

The company of wolves: Making of 'a new dog' – will we redomesticate the Canis lupus?

As the human population grows and urban areas become ever more expansive, our settlements are coming into closer contact with large carnivores such …

Big History

Humans May Be Living in Triassic-Period Conditions By 2250 - Motherboard

The Triassic Period was a gnarly time to be alive on Earth, and not only because it was Act One of the age of dinosaurs. This epoch stretched from 251 to 199 million years ago, and was bookended by mass extinction events caused, in part, by abnormally high atmospheric carbon levels.<p>As a result, …

Climate Change

Now Glaciers Granted Legal Personhood

Environmentalism is going mad and becoming dangerous to human thriving and our self perception.<p>Last week, I wrote about rivers being declared …

Law

Why GDP Could Stand for Going to Destroy the Planet—We Need New Economic Measures for a Sustainable Economy

<i>The following excerpt is from the new book</i> Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist<i>, by Kate Raworth (Chelsea Green</i> …

Big History

Why Small Animals Are Huge for Conservation

Humans like to think that they rule the planet and are hard-wired to do so. But our stewardship has been anything but successful. The last major …

Biodiversity

World's Largest Beer Maker to Ditch Fossil Fuels, Go 100% Renewables

Now, you can sip that ice cold brew without feeling guilty. The world's largest beer manufacturer, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV , has vowed to completely …

Education

Habitat for Humanity plans pocket neighborhood

An architectural drawing of the homes being built by the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity on Watson Avenue this Spring. Special to the Register<p>…

Life Skills

#Symbiosis: meeting at transitions

I’m standing on a very worn and not well maintained footpath overlooking a huge expanse of pungent sand. A mile or two out the ocean shivers and …

Big History

The western idea of private property is flawed. Indigenous peoples have it right

Who has a scythe sharp enough to fell the stalks of capitalism today? It’s not Marx, Lenin and Mao<p>We live in a world dominated by the principle of private property. Once indigenous people were dispossessed of their lands, the land was surveyed, subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. From high …

Indigenous Peoples

The Nature of Wilderness

The 1964 Wilderness Act defines wilderness as an area where “the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man,” which “retains its primeval …

Big History

Scientists issue ‘apocalyptic’ warning about climate change

Researchers studying the largest-ever mass extinction in Earth’s history claim to have found evidence that it was caused by runaway global warming – …

Climate Change

Big-game jitters: Coyotes no match for wolves' hunting prowess

Yet the buffet-style menu of the eastern coyote means that its numbers can remain steady or even rise without large prey if alternative food is …

Biodiversity

The Anthropocene: Scientists respond to criticisms of a new geological epoch: 'Irreversible' changes to the Earth provide striking evidence of new epoch

'Irreversible' changes to the Earth provide striking evidence of new epoch<p>'Irreversible' changes to the Earth provide striking evidence of new epoch, …

Big History

Earth Could Be ‘An Alien Prison Planet’, New Theory Suggests

Now a new theory has emerged by a U.S. ecologist who says that conditions such as bad backs and sunburn suggest humans did not evolve alongside other …

Big History

Humans may have turned the Sahara from a thriving ecosystem into a barren desert

Once upon a time, the Sahara was green. There were vast lakes. Hippos and giraffe lived there, and large human populations of fishers foraged for food alongside the lakeshores. The “African Humid Period” or “Green Sahara” was a time between 11,000 and 4,000 years ago when significantly more rain …

History

U.N. Expert: Biodiversity Is Essential To Human Rights

The extinction crisis has “grave and far-reaching implications for human well-being,” writes law professor John Knox.<p>WASHINGTON — For the first time, a United Nations report has recognized biodiversity and healthy ecosystems as essential to human rights.<p>The report, authored by U.N. Special …

Human Rights