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One Scientist’s Hopeful View On How to Repair the Planet

For a researcher who studies how humanity is pushing the earth close to potentially disastrous tipping points, Johan Rockström is surprisingly …

Anthropocene

Urbanization: its causes and history

We have been hearing about Urbanization a lot lately, at least we here in India. And more than urbanization we hear about “smart urbanization”. So …

Urbanization

Earth Day Facts About Environment, Planet, Pollution, Plants And Animals

This year's official Earth Day campaign is environmental and climate literacy, aiming to focus on green initiatives, technologies and jobs as well as …

Environmental Science

Here’s What Would Happen If The Earth Treated Us Humans The Way We Treat It

Horrendous oil spills, endless deforestation, callous expenditure of fossil fuels and idiotic denial of climate change. These are really just the tip …

Science

Ancient Stone Carvings Show a Comet Swarm Hitting Earth Around 10,950 BCE

Around the time civilisation changed forever.<p>Researchers have translated famous ancient symbols in a temple in Turkey, and they tell the story of a …

Anthropocene

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 …

Anthropocene

Last 2 wolves on Michigan's Isle Royale reveal new info about predator-prey relationships

This we know: Top carnivores profoundly influence local ecosystems.<p>The American people's relationship with top predators — especially wolves — is …

Anthropocene

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 …

Anthropocene

Earth Optimism Summit will provide contrast to marchers’ angst

There will be more than a little angst on display in Washington, D.C., over the next week. Science marchers will rally Saturday to express their …

Anthropocene

Why Steve Zahn's 'Bad Ape' in 'War for the Planet of the Apes' made director Matt Reeves cry

Talking animals are nothing new to Steve Zahn. Over the years, in various kids’ movies, he’s played a wise-cracking circus bear, an alley cat and a couple of different pigs. He was even a pterodactyl once.<p>Still, when Zahn was first approached about playing a chimpanzee in the upcoming “War for the …

Movies

Happy Earth Day. Enjoy It While You Last.

The people who know the most about life on Earth tend to be the most impressed by its staying power.<p>Harvard professor Andrew Knoll marvels that our planet has sustained life continuously for four billion years -- most of its 4.5 billion years in existence. This is not just a matter of location, …

Extraterrestrial Life

Experts BAFFLED by the discovery of HUNDREDS of mysterious tunnels in Brazil

<b>Hundreds of tunnels—which date back at least 10,000 years—have been discovered in Brazil. Some of the tunnels feature mysterious claw marks’ on the</b> …

Ancient History

This Earth Day, the Planet’s Health is Your Health

On April 22, 1970, millions of people heard the call to protect our planet from industrial pollution, deforestation, and other destructive effects of …

Public Health

Bulldozers threaten what may be the world’s oldest animal fossils

<b>BEIJING—</b>Paleontologists have argued for years about the identity of the enigmatic curling shapes and embryolike spheres found in the …

Anthropocene

When is Earth Day, what is it, and how can you celebrate it at home?

April 22 is the annual celebration of Earth Day.<p>Recipes for the environmentalist: Easy-to-prepare vegan food for Earth Day<p>For some, it’s a reminder …

Sustainability

50 years ago, continental drift began to gain acceptance

<b>Drifting theories shake up geology</b><p>Continental drift, a theory often considered amusing but rarely important, seems about to become the focus of a …

Anthropology

Leonardo da Vinci ‘Relics’ Discovered That Can Potentially Provide His DNA

Italian researchers say that they have found two “relics” belonging to Leonardo da Vinci, which may help in sourcing the DNA of the genius whose work …

Genealogy

From 'swimming' with sloths to 'climbing' the Shard: the best new features of Google Earth

Google Earth joins with BBC's Planet Earth in the ultimate virtual guide to our world<p>When it was first released in June 2001, Google Earth's world …

Google

The extraordinary return of sea otters to Glacier Bay

Human beings have a long history of persecuting apex predators such as wolves, tigers and leopards. The loss of these predators – animals at the top …

Anthropocene

This Photographer In Syria Stopped Filming To Save A Wounded Kid. Humanity Still Exists!

How many times have we seen various gut-wrenching photos and wondered how the photographer could be so heartless as to keep clicking instead of doing …

Syria

How Western civilisation could collapse

Some possible precipitating factors are already in place. How the West reacts to them will determine the world’s future, says Rachel Nuwer.<p>The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should …

Anthropocene

Repairs to £190k motorway bridge for EU-protected dormice could cost £63k

A Welsh council could be forced to spend £63,000 repairing a bridge for dormice because they are an EU-protected species.<p>One of three sections of the £190,000 bridge built in 2010 was damaged in a storm last year - meaning the council is obliged to replace it, a project which could cost tens of …

London

Worse Than Racists

Posted: Apr 19, 2017 12:01 AM<p>As a group, black Americans have made the greatest gains -- over some of the highest hurdles and in a very short span of …

Racism

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 …

Anthropocene

Google Earth Gets a Huge Redesign with Guided Tours, 3D View, and More

Google pushed out a big update to Google Earth for Chrome and Android today. Alongside a snazzy new look, the new version adds guided tours, 3D maps, …

Google

Google Earth VR

In today’s installment of our Touch Tuesdays series, we’re celebrating the launch of Google Earth VR for Rift. Explore the world in ways never before …

Virtual Reality

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 …

Anthropocene

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1018 SECONDS: 32 BILLION YEARS<p>13.8 BILLION YEARS<p>The entire universe has<p>been around this long.<p>13.6 BILLION YEARS<p>Stars have existed for<p>this long.<p>13.4 …

Stanford University

Earth Day And The March For Science

This Saturday, April 22, people from around the country will gather in Washington, D.C., to join the March for Science (there will also be satellite marches in many cities).<p>After the march was first announced, I wrote on some of the issues it raised about politics and science — and why I was …

March for Science

The Spies Who Mapped Great Swathes of South Asia by Foot

For more than a century, the British were able to boast that the sun never set on their enormous empire.<p>But in the mid-19th century, colonists ruling …

History