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Plastiglomerate: The Rock of the Future Made Into Sculpture

Rachel Mason | Posted 08.29.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

Steampunking The Anthropocene

Bob Brinkmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Bob Brinkmann

Various believers of geologic theories during the era were called such wonderful terms as fluvialists, catastrophists and plutonists. Scientists classified, drew and collected. It was a wonderful time for exploration of new ideas. The scientific drawings, equipment and language fit nicely within the modern steampunk asthetic.

What Obama Said: The Optimist's Translation

William S. Becker | Posted 09.05.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

For those optimists among us who want to believe President Obama is finally ready to tackle the climate issue, it sounded as though some very important precedents might be taking shape in the White House.

In the Shit With Thoreau: A Walden for the Anthropocene

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 08.30.2013 | Green
Jedediah Purdy

Reading Walden through Anthropocene eyes, insight and appreciation of nature seem to emerge from, even require, rupture and profanation. Maybe these are unavoidable parts of an appreciative relation to the world. Maybe the imperfect has always been our only paradise.

"Gods Are We... "

Robert Walker | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Climatologists are now reporting for the first time ever that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached 400 ppm, the highest such concentration in several million years. The last time carbon dioxide levels were that high, the seas ultimately rose 60 to 80 feet higher than they are today.

Holy Holocene, It's the Anthropocene

Robert Walker | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

The ongoing debate over the "Age of Man" is a healthy one, but I am more concerned about what we are actually doing to mitigate and cope with the Anthropocene. And, here again, I come back to the importance of empowering women.

Earth Days

William McDonough | Posted 04.19.2013 | Green
William McDonough

The time has come for the ecological century. Nature does not respond to our interdependence with it by trying to minimize itself out of existence, but instead by growing and flourishing. Good design does the same.

Of Guns, Whales, Freedom, and Justice

John Fullerton | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business
John Fullerton

Like the disaster of 9-11, Newtown points to a larger and more profound societal instability that defines our transitional era.

Message in a Bottle? Caffeine Pollution Says 'Man Was Here'

Bill Chameides | Posted 09.26.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Now you can add another data point supporting the notion of the Anthropocene -- caffeine in near shore ocean and estuarine waters.

Fossilized Teeth Reveal Big Surprise About Early Humans' Diet

| Posted 06.28.2012 | Science

By Ann Gibbons Talk about a high-fiber diet: the newest member of the human family, Australopithecus sediba, ate enough bark, leaves, and fruit that...

Farewell, Whole New Time

Carl Safina | Posted 07.16.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

Has the time really come when people are the dominant force on the planetary surface?

How to Make Population Growth Reverse Itself

Carl Safina | Posted 07.11.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

If our values change, we might use science and technology to save us. If our failed values persist, science and technology will only press our accelerator.

How Many People Can the World Support? It Depends...

Carl Safina | Posted 07.08.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

We need a new, non-burning energy economy, a way of reducing population, and a way of replacing the delusion of infinite growth. That's what we need. Or the population will be adjusted in the usual way: with shortages, bullets, and bombs.

Why Killed Off Big Carnivores? Scientists Offer Surprising New Theory

| Posted 06.27.2012 | Science

By Kate Wong The impact of Homo sapiens on the environment over the past few hundred years has been so profound that some scientists term this chapte...

PHOTOS: Swoon Ponders Our 'Extinction' In New Show

Posted 11.23.2011 | Home

Swoon's enthusiasm for community projects has only grown with her profile and her newest, titled 'Anthropocene Extinction' and showing at ICA Boston, ...

Transparency: A New Architectural Approach

Carla Leitao | Posted 04.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Leitao

(Images in the article are for purposes of illustration only and refer to the piece/installation "Scenario" by Francisco Tropa -- the Official Portugu...

We've Entered the Age of Mass Extinction

Scott Thill | Posted 10.12.2011 | Green
Scott Thill

Mass extinction is finally fighting its way back into the news cycle, thanks to recently scary reports on climate change.

Humans May Have Loaded the Bases, but Nature Bats Last

David Suzuki | Posted 08.01.2011 | Green
David Suzuki

For the first time in human history, we have to respond as a single species to crises of our own making. Until now, this kind of unified effort only happened in science fiction when space aliens invaded Earth.