Anthropocene

A ramble through some solutions for the Anthropocene

The Unnatural World’s look at human planet management is messy, but so are we.<p>To say that David Biello’s new book, <i>The Unnatural World</i> (Amazon US / …

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To get the 'good debt' tick, infrastructure needs to be fit for the future

In distinguishing between “good” and “bad” debt, federal Treasurer Scott Morrison equates good debt with infrastructure investment. However, not all …

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it

We continue to plan for the future as if climate scientists don’t exist. The greatest shame is the absence of a sense of tragedy<p>After 200,000 years of modern humans on a 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, we have arrived at new point in history: the Anthropocene. The change has come upon us with …

Climate Change

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

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

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 …

Evolution

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

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<b>By Heather Anne Swanson*</b><p><i>There are plenty of troubling things about the Anthropocene, but one of its most troubling dimensions is the sheer number of</i> …

Aarhus

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 …

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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 …

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At Home in the Anthropocene Era

The theme for this year’s FORMAT17, the biennial photography festival in Derby, England, is habitat and its many meanings. In shows on view all over …

Photos of the Day

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 …

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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

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, …

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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

Humans may have transformed the Sahara from lush paradise to 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 …

Big History

'We're going to be okay': Humans not destined for extinction, says former NASA chair

Astrobiologist and author David Grinspoon outlines trends towards longterm human survival<p>Between melting ice caps, water scarcity. and a warming …

Climate Change

Did humans create the Sahara desert?

FRONTIERS—New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, …

Anthropology

On the Origin of Extinction

Extinction has never been a purely scientific concept. When theories of extinction exploded onto the Western intellectual scene in the early 19th …

Big History

Proof of a New Geological Epoch: Over 200 Minerals Have Been Created by Humans

Rock-Solid Evidence<p>If you doubt were on the cusp of a new, human-influenced geological epoch, the Anthropocene, here’s some rock-solid evidence: …

The Future

Ancient humans farmed the Amazon too

They were just way better at it than we are<p>When we think of the Amazon rainforest, we tend to think of one of two things; either a pristine tropical paradise bursting with biodiversity, or a threatened area that’s being devoured for agricultural purposes.<p>The truth, as is so often the case, likely …

Big History

Geologists find slew of manmade minerals, but no start to Anthropocene

While a basket of new 'mineral species' has mineralogists excited, it hasn’t convinced stratigraphers, the scientists who demarcate geological …

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Human-Caused Minerals: Another Sure Sign of the Anthropocene? - D-brief

By Nathaniel Scharping | March 3, 2017 11:54 am<p>Chalconatronite, a result of quarrying, Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada. <i>(Credit: RRUFF)</i><p>To the …

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Quantify How Humans Permanently Changed Earth

Human activities have created an explosion of mineral diversity on this planet, according to new research published Wednesday in <i>American …

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First catalog of 208 human-caused minerals makes case for new epoch

When we think about humankind's creative contributions to the world, we are more likely to think of the work displayed in museums and galleries than …

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