Anthropocene

Dams can lead the way to a better relationship with nature

EVIDENCE of the Anthropocene is all around us. Even if humans were wiped out tomorrow, future scientists couldn’t fail to notice planet-wide changes: …

Big History

The Anthropocene is a time to create a new world, not preserve the old one

[image] In a fascinating piece for the June issue of the Brooklyn Rail, geographer Stephanie Wakefield turns a trip to South Florida into an occasion …

Big History

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene – podcast

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on<p>• Read the text version here<p><b>Subscribe via Audioboom, iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud,</b> …

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I Asked Geologists If the Anthropocene Is Real

Defining the Anthropocene is proving to be a rocky road.<p>Roughly 11,500 years ago, neolithic villagers in Israel's Dead Sea Basin began practices of farming, deforestation, and sheep and goat domestication, increasing local erosion rates three to fourfold.<p>Some believe that this discovery, published …

Big History

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on. By Alex Blasdel<p>A few years ago, Björk began corresponding with a philosopher whose …

Long-form Journalism

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 / …

Climate Change

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 …

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

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

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 …

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

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

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

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

The Shock of the Anthropocene review – a crisis centuries in the making

Scientific historians Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz show how our society has been ecologically dangerous for far longer than you might think<p>In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, French forests were exploited heavily by emerging large-scale industries and an expanding navy. It …

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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

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

#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

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, …

Big 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

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 …

Big History

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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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 …

Big History

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 …

Big History

Anthropocene: The 208 crystals that don't exist anywhere else in the universe

Nothing has changed the planet's minerals more than humans since the origin of oxygen on Earth more than 2.2 billion years ago. Humans have created …

Geology