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Anthropocene

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

Omega Institute | Posted 10.23.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 10.14.2014 | 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 10.01.2014 | 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 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 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.

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.