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Anthropocene Gets Exclusive 4K Engagement on iTunes

By Lauren Malyk | Playback Distributed by Mongrel Media, the hit doc will be available for a limited time in a premium format ahead of its Sundance screening. Read more: http://playbackonline.ca/2018/12/19/anthropocene-gets-exclusive-4k-engagement-on-itunes/#ixzz5a9UKSeSi

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Alicia Vikander Joins Toronto-Bound Documentary ‘Anthropocene’ As Narrator

By Andreas Wiseman | Deadline EXCLUSIVE: Tomb Raider and The Danish Girl star Alicia Vikander has lent her voice to big-canvas documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, which will get its world premiere this week at the Toronto Film Festival. The science-themed doc, from filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier and photographer Edward Burtynsky, contends that human impact on the planet means we have…

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Edward Burtynsky unveils preview of Anthropocene project at Photo London

By Anny Shaw | The Art Newspaper Much like archaeological eras, the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s projects tend to span long stretches of time. He spent a decade working on his Oil series and five years on the Water project. But, for the past five years, he has been preoccupied by the Anthropocene project, part of…

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Will Not Even the Humble Hedgehog Be Spared by the Anthropocene?

By Kelly Faircloth | Jezebel Did you know that there are hedgehogs in London? Well—for now. NBC News reports that London’s last breeding population of these prickly little buddies covered in salmonella—an icon of the British landscape—unfortunately lives awfully close to one of the staging areas of a $73 billion rail project: The construction of Britain’s High Speed…

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Corals eat plastic the way humans eat junk food — because it’s tasty

By Nicole Mortillaro | CBC News Plastics are abundant in our oceans. Now scientists have found that corals — which already face numerous threats and have declined on a staggering scale  — may be feeding on it not because it resembles prey, but because it actually tastes good to them. Corals are living organisms. Coral reefs are collections of…

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Human activity blamed for increase in right whale deaths: report

By Canadian Press | Global News CHARLOTTETOWN – Analysis of six endangered North Atlantic right whales found dead since June in the Gulf of St. Lawrence suggests four were struck by ships and one died caught in fishing gear, says a report released Thursday. The sixth was too decomposed to be sure. Preliminary findings of a…

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Assessing Agricultural Drought in the Anthropocene: A Modified Palmer Drought Severity Index

By Mingzhi Yang , Weihua Xiao * ,Yong Zhao * ,Xudong Li, Fan Lu,Chuiyu Lu and Yan Chen | Drought Monitoring, Forecasting, and Risk Assessment Abstract In the current human-influenced era, drought is initiated by natural and human drivers, and human activities are as integral to drought as meteorological factors. In large irrigated agricultural regions with high levels of human intervention, where the natural farmland soil moisture…

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Meet the Editor: Prof. Ian Townend, Anthropocene Coasts

The CSP Blog The Canadian Science Publishing family of journals grew this year with the introduction of Anthropocene Coasts, a new international, interdisciplinary open access journal.  Founding co-editor Prof. Ian Townend (University of Southampton) shared with us how global perspectives of how humans are impacting coastal ecosystems are needed to inform social, economic, and legal processes. …

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One of world’s largest marine parks created off coast of Easter Island

By Arthur Nelson | The Guardian  One of the world’s largest marine protection areas has been created off the coast of Easter Island. The 740,000 sq km Rapa Nui marine park is roughly the size of the Chilean mainland and will protect at least 142 endemic marine species, including 27 threatened with extinction. An astonishing 77% of the…

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The Anthropocene Will Help Astrobiologists Understand Alien Worlds

By Daniel Oberhaus | Motherboard “In our perspective, the beginning of the Anthropocene can be seen as the onset of the hybridization of the planet, a transitional stage from one class of planetary systems to another,” the researchers write in their paper. “From an astrobiological perspective, Earth’s entry into the Anthropocene represents what might be a…

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