Anthropocene

The unprecedented transformation and ecological decline caused by human activities since 1950 has prompted scientists to
We are losing biodiversity at rates tens to hundreds of times faster than natural rates. Indeed, we are approaching mass
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From the research community point of view, it is critical that we continue to develop and expand our ability to provide unbiased
From stone age to space age? We need to rupture the barriers that confine us to the land mass of a single planet. By breaking
I recently wrote about what the death of the last thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) 80 years ago can teach us about the power the
". . . this case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect
This is a little too big to simply call "news." Indeed, I can't move beyond these words -- especially that heart-stopper
14. Can we navigate the Anthropocene? There's room for optimism: we've reached peak child - birthrate is no longer rising
From a psychological perspective, naming an experience and its attendant emotions can be a valuable way of contending with
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.
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.
A new study, "The geological cycle of plastics and their use as a stratigraphic indicator of the Anthropocene", published
Mystery, as I mean it, begins with the question of whether it is even necessary to resolve the unknown. Why not, on occasion
RS: The United States and Europe have been meddling in the Middle East for more than a hundred years, bombing, funding assassinations
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?
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?
Oh, yes. Welcome to the Anthropocene. All this has the earmarks of a geological transition. Add to this the vanishing of
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.
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.