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

David Henry Sterry | Posted 11.25.2015 | 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 11.23.2015 | 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 11.12.2015 | 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 11.10.2015 | 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 09.14.2015 | 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 07.27.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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.

Hope for Full-Spectrum Sustainability: An Interview With David W. Orr

Omega Institute | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Omega Institute

As David W. Orr, executive director of the Oberlin Project, tells it, we have entered what is called the Anthropocene, an age when the actions of 7 ...

Scientists Mull Change Of Epoch To Reflect Human Impact On The Planet

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green

By Emma Anderson BERLIN (Reuters) - Scientists from around the world met this week to decide whether to call time on the Holocene epoch ...

With Their Mark On Earth, Humans May Name Era, Too

AP | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we...

This Is The Loneliest Frog In The World

Leilani Münter | Posted 10.07.2014 | Green
Leilani Münter

The small, brown gliding frog will have peace and quiet for the remainder of his days in this shipping container. Mark will care for him until the last day when quietly, without any media hype, another species will silently disappear from our planet.

A New Shade of Green; The Anthropocene, Climate Change and Latinos

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

As the Smithsonian unveils its new programming around theme of Anthropocene; Earth in the Age of Humans program, it is important to not only underscore that Latinos are actively involved in this issue, but to also understand why too many in our community are negatively impacted by the effects of climate change.

Plastiglomerate: The Rock of the Future Made Into Sculpture

Rachel Mason | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
Rachel Mason

In 2013 the Canadian artist Kelly Jazvac and a geologist Patricia Corcoran discovered a new form of stone: they called it plastiglomerate, congealed masses of plastic waste merged with oceanic lava rock, coral, and sediment.

The AnthropoZine: New Environmental Thinking For A New Era

Forest Trends | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

At some point in the last few hundred years, our species pushed the thin veneer of life that coats our planet past its breaking point. We broke the bi...

Three Images That Illustrate the Challenge of Life on a Managed Planet

Forest Trends | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Forest Trends

Earlier this year, the U.S. Climate Assessment warned of parched prairies and flaming forests if we don't reel in climate change right now.

The Whooping Crane and the Anthropocene

Bob Brinkmann | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Bob Brinkmann

Last week two endangered whooping cranes were shot in Louisiana. They were a young breeding pair. The female died; The person who shot the birds was not found. While a tragedy, this story revealed both good and bad elements of our culture.

Sixth Extinction

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Darwin was right about many things, including the mechanism by which the plenitude of life we know as biodiversity came to thrive on this planet. Unfortunately for us, his picture has hit a big roadblock.

Can Human Civilization Survive Forever?

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

SAN FRANCISCO — Human beings have altered the Earth so much that human extinction is a real possibility if people continue on their current path. ...

How Long Have Humans Held Sway Over Earth?

| David Biello | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Want to know when the Anthropocene started exactly? It will only cost an entirely revamped scientific effort in archaeology, ecology and paleontology...

Welcome to the Anthropocene

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

We aren't simply living in a new geological age. We're creating it. It's called the Anthropocene. The literal meaning of the word would be "the era of man." That's our home, and it represents a mere blip of 170,000 years in geological time.