Anthropocene

Why scientists suspect proof of a turning point in Earth's history is sitting in a lake in Milton, Ont.

Some scientists believe human activity and technology have pushed us into a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene. What they still need to …

Canadian News

Through the Lens of Photographer Tom Hegen

The German photographer living in Munich keeps impressing us with his photographs taken from above and his unique way to immortalize the Earth …

Photography

Opinion: Time to re-think the climate change challenge

The climate change challenge has fallen into a familiar pattern – more research papers on climate change, another COP (Conference of the Parties) …

Climate Change

The Venice Biennale Swamp Pavilion, Part I: Swamp Radio

Though Venice has been the home of the eponymous Biennale since 1895 and the site of Western trade since roughly 400 AD, its longer history as a …

Venice Biennale

Anthropocene, Proposed Geologic Epoch Shaped by Humans, Hits the Rocks

The Anthropocene, which is a proposed geological epoch in which natural earth processes have been shaped by humans, has hit the rocks, <b>The Global</b> …

Earth Science

Science Alone Won’t Save the Earth. People Have to Do That.

This planet is in crisis. The safe limits within which human societies can be sustained, the earth’s “planetary boundaries,” are being exceeded, a path leading inevitably toward collapse. The experts have spoken. Only if humanity heeds the science, reverses course and lives within earth’s natural …

Opinion

We asked five experts about engineering the climate

In the face of rising global temperatures, deploying technologies to change Earth's climate has gone from thought experiment to reality. We already …

Climate Change

Only radicalism can prevent an irreversible “Hothouse Earth”

We still have time to prevent catastrophic climate change - but a limited social democratic project is inadequate.<p>On the morning of 16 July 1945 in …

Opinion (UK)

Rethinking Design and Planning for the Anthropocene Transition

A cross-disciplinary dialogue with acclaimed Earth System scientist Professor Will Steffen<p>Will Steffen has been at the forefront of Earth System …

Big History

Edward Burtynsky: The Anthropocene Project

The Canadian native has captured some of the largest examples of extractions on the planet, set to be displayed at the National Gallery of Canada and …

Atacama Desert

Anthropocene vs Meghalayan: why geologists are fighting over whether humans are a force of nature

The Earth discovered it was living in a new slice of time called the Meghalayan Age in July 2018. But the announcement by the International Union of …

Climate Change

The Best Exhibitions to See in Toronto in 2018

Toronto’s art scene is truly vibrant. Whether featuring seasoned artists or emerging new talent, here are some of the city’s best exhibitions to …

Yoko Ono

Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

Author contributions: W.S., J.R., K.R., T.M.L., C.F., D.L., C.P.S., A.D.B., S.E.C., M.C., J.F.D., I.F., S.J.L., M.S., R.W., and H.J.S. wrote the …

Big History

Karen Barad public lecture: 'After the End of the World: Transmutation of the Elements, Radioactive Refugeeism, and Alchemical Wanderings'

Karen Barad is Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Barad's Ph.D. …

University of California

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TWR x Bold Tendencies: On Ecology<p><i>The White Review</i> in collaboration with Bold Tendencies presents an event which brings together a panel of writers …

University of Glasgow

This Week In Trailers: Black 47, Science Fair, Five Fingers For Marseilles, Minding the Gap, Our Man in Tehran, Anthropocene

<i>Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing</i> …

Trailers

Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

Oxford University Press

Anthropocene, a new film about how humans are changing the Earth forever

From Edward Burtynsky (known around these parts for his aerial photographs of industrial landscapes) and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal & Nicholas de …

Ice Age

Rob Stewart's Sharkwater Extinction getting world premiere at TIFF 2018

As the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival draws closer, more and more news about the films set to premiere continues to trickle out.This year's …

Film Festivals

Finding Alarm and Consolation About the Apocalypse in Two New Books

In recent years, Steven Pinker, Gregg Easterbrook and other authors have tried to tell us that the state of the world is, as one of Easterbrook’s titles has it, “better than it looks.”<p>Phooey.<p>Such optimists tell us to consider some heartening facts. Worldwide poverty has decreased; many diseases …

The Arts

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

<i>“A word after a word after a word is power.”</i> <i><br>― Margaret Atwood</i><p>Birth of the Fake News Photo – <i>Medium</i><p>We’re in an Amazing Period of Documentaries – <i>The</i> …

Book Publishing

‘The Human Planet’ Review: A Perilous Past and a Fuzzy Future

After 1492, new forest growth in the Americas pulled enough carbon dioxide out of the air to create a brief ice age.<p>Back in the late 1990s, I attended a performance of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge. I remember a long and relentless …

Carbon Dioxide

Native Americans managed the prairie for better bison hunts

Hunter-gatherer societies may have a bigger ecological impact than we thought.<p>Layers of charcoal residue buried beneath the northern Montana prairie …

Anthropology

George Marazakis Photographs The Anthropocene

Greek photographer, George Marazakis, takes the Anthropocene as both concept and title for a series that looks at a new epoch engendered by the greed …

Big History

How nature is thriving in the human age

Chris Thomas presents the case that human actions are generating increases in ecological and evolutionary diversity, at the same time as we cause …

Ecology

The Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

Oxford University Press

The Human Savior Complex in the Monoposostocene

Towards the end of last semester, I found myself growing increasingly fascinated – to the point of contemplating taking on yet another new research …

Big History

Geology’s Timekeepers Are Feuding

“It’s a bit like Monty Python.”<p>“What the fuck is the Meghalayan?” asked Ben van der Pluijm, a geologist.<p>Whatever the Meghalayan is, we live in it now.<p>Earlier this week, the International Commission on Stratigraphy announced that the current stretch of geological time, the Holocene Epoch, would be …

Earth Science

The Anthropocene feels different

Dipesh Chakrabarty (Chicago): Anthropocene Time. Chris Cuomo (Georgia): The “Anthropocene”: Foregone or Premature Conclusion? Simon Dalby (Wilfrid …

Big History

If we’re in the Meghalayan, whatever happened to the Anthropocene?

One big debate in science is whether the impacts of human actions on earth are now so large that we have entered a new geological time. Called the …

Science