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Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

The Conversation Global | Posted 02.10.2017 | Science
The Conversation Global

Owen Gaffney, Stockholm University and Will Steffen, Australian National University Here are some surprising facts about humans' effect on planet Ear...

Bjarke Ingels Interview: The Beauty of the Human

Louisiana Channel | Posted 12.22.2016 | New York
Louisiana Channel

"The one thing all humans share is that we all inhabit the same limited amount of real estate, which is planet earth." Celebrated Danish architect Bja...

Decision making in the Anthropocene

Bjørn Kjærand Haugland | Posted 12.22.2016 | Green
Bjørn Kjærand Haugland

By Kevin Noone, Stockholm University and Bjørn K. Haugland, DNV GL. Imagine this: After a long, productive day you go to bed knowing that not one of...

To boldly go toward new frontiers, we first need to learn from our colonial past

The Conversation Global | Posted 10.08.2016 | Science
The Conversation Global

The idea that there's a moral imperative for humans to expand beyond Earth is echoed by influential proponents of space exploration. Tamara Craiu/Flic...

The Importance of Preserving and Promoting Languages: A Liberal Arts Perspective

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.19.2016 | College
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

I recently wrote about what the death of the last thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) 80 years ago can teach us about the power the liberal arts has to solve ...

The Future Cries Out: 'Water Is Life'

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The dogs growl, the pepper spray bites, the bulldozers tear up the soil. "Water is life!" they cry. "Water is life!" This isn't Flint, Michigan, bu...

Reflections on the Anthropocene

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.01.2016 | Green
Robert Koehler

"However these debates will unfold, the Anthropocene represents a new phase in the history of both humankind and of the Earth, when natural forces and...

15 ways you know you're in the Anthropocene

Owen Gaffney | Posted 08.29.2016 | Science
Owen Gaffney

1. We've created enough concrete to make a full-scale replica of Earth 2mm thick. 2. We've manufactured enough plastic to wrap Earth in a layer of...

Loss for words: Art, language and the challenges of living on a changing planet

The Conversation US | Posted 07.19.2016 | Arts
The Conversation US

Faith Kearns, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources The common wisdom about climate change is that it's too big and...

World Wildlife Day 2016: Why Wildlife Needs You

Paul Rosolie | Posted 03.03.2016 | Green
Paul Rosolie

On this World Wildlife Day, let's remember it is not all about us. From the birds in your backyard, to the mother elephant and her family that stopped me on the road, I can tell you that if wild animals could speak for themselves, they would remind you that their fate is in your hands.

California Doesn't Need Another Beach Clean Up -- We Need Our Bag Ban Back

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 03.04.2016 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

Burgeoning amounts of plastic debris clog waterways, create havoc with marine ecosystems, litter roadsides and beaches. Most of California's watersheds drain into the Pacific Ocean along a thousand miles of coastline - that's a lot of beach.

The Earth Could Become a "Plastic Planet"

Inverse | Posted 02.03.2017 | Green

This article originally appeared on Inverse. By Ian Stark Plastic will cover an increasing amount of the Earth's surface by mid-century, while ste...

The Fourth Perplexity

Richard S Cohen | Posted 12.01.2016 | Religion
Richard S Cohen

Chris Yiu, "Into the unknown" I have been thinking about mystery for a while now. Not the literary genre. Not the esoteric cults of the Egypt, Gree...

Roy Scranton on Terror, Climate, Anthropocene and What They're Terrified of You Knowing

David Henry Sterry | Posted 11.24.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Like many angry teenage idiots, I read "Howl" and it turned me into a poet. When I saw it was published by City Lights, I made it my mission to someda...

The Evolution and Ethology of Terrorism: We Are Unique, Violence Is a Dead End, But There Is Hope

Marc Bekoff | Posted 11.21.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

A number of people have asked me questions about the evolution and ethology of terrorism, and I consider that to be questioning whether or not we can we explain human terrorism and violence by looking for their roots in the behavior of nonhuman animals (animals). And, if not, is this one arena in which human exceptionalism reigns free?

Troubleshooting Climate Change

Mike DeLeonardis | Posted 11.12.2016 | Green
Mike DeLeonardis

We now stand at a crossroads. However unintentional, humans are responsible for climate change. It is time we own up to that and deal with the problem in earnest. For what we do today will forever determine our future trajectory. Could this crisis be the impetus that moves us to the next stage of civilization or to extinction?

Welcome to the Anthropocene

David Edmund Moody | Posted 11.10.2016 | Green
David Edmund Moody

You might not be fully aware of it yet, but the evidence is all around us: humanity's impact upon planet Earth is now so profound that we are about t...

Climate Apocalypse and/or Democracy

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 09.13.2016 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

If we ignore the warnings of science and don't start investing in clean technologies, climate shocks will push countries into panic-inducing scarcity, inspiring everything from ethnic and religious conflict in Africa and the Middle East, to imperial land grabs by a hungry and worried China.

Only One Earth

Robert Walker | Posted 07.27.2016 | Green
Robert Walker

Our collective impact on the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and forests is now so impactful and so pervasive, that leading scientists assert that we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, in which humans have become the major driver of environmental change.

Ecomodernism -- As Overly Optimistic About the Future as the Doom-and-Gloomers Are Overly Pessimistic

David Ropeik | Posted 06.22.2016 | Green
David Ropeik

More than once in China, under a gloaming pall of poisonously polluted air I have watched oceans of people flood the streets and shops of Beijing or Chengdu or Guangzhou acquiring the material goods that they hope might improve their lives, and thought to myself "We're screwed. The earth just can't handle this."

Farewell Larsen B

Todd R. Miller | Posted 06.14.2016 | Green
Todd R. Miller

Sometime around 10,000 BC, a prehistoric human smeared ochre paint on a cave wall in a part of northern Spain that would eventually be known as Altamira. The artist painted an image from his environment - a bison - in vibrant burnt orange.

Global Divestment Comes of Age

Dave Pruett | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Dave Pruett

Because of the likelihood that a large fraction of today's known fossil-fuel reserves will become "stranded," fossil fuels no longer represent safe investments. Thus, continued reliance on fossil fuels is neither safe environmentally nor safe economically.

Did the Anthropocene Begin with a Bang or a Drumroll?

Anthony D. Barnosky | Posted 03.24.2015 | Science
Anthony D. Barnosky

How do you mark the instant when human impacts so changed the planet that the signs will remain embedded in Earth's rock record for time immemorial? That is essentially the question that three important new scientific studies tackled this month.

We Have Made Our Planet. Now We Must Try To Live on It

Gaia Vince | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Gaia Vince

Are we just another part of nature, doing what nature does: reproducing to the limits of environmental capacity, after which we will suffer a population crash?

Welcome to the Anthropocene: Anthropology and the Political Moment

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Paul Stoller

The Anthropocene presents to anthropologists and other social scientists a profoundly humanitarian obligation. As the Songhay people of Niger like the say: even though the path toward truth is long, it is one that is always worth taking.