TIFF 2018: Will the wait be worth it for Dolan, Arcand and Burtynsky?

September 3, 2018

By Kate Taylor | The Globe and Mail  It takes money, time and persistence to get a movie made in any country but in Canada the task can feel like moving a mountain. I’m looking forward to the slate of Canadian films at the Toronto International Film Festival this year and in particular I am eager…

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The Haunting Snapshots of an Environment Under Siege

August 30, 2018

By Michael Hardy | WIRED NORILSK, RUSSIA, IS an industrial city of 175,000 people located 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, a place so far north that it is completely dark for two months every winter. Founded as a Soviet prison labor camp, an estimated 650,000 prisoners were sent here by Stalin between 1935 and 1956; 250,000…

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Edward Burtynsky Captures the ‘Human Signature’ of the Proposed New Anthropocene Era

June 25, 2018

By Kat Barandy | designboom this fall, the canadian photography institute of the national gallery of canada and the art gallery of ontario will co-present ‘anthropocene.’ these two new contemporary art exhibitions tell the story of the human impact on the earth and feature the work of photographer edward burtynsky. in the year 2000, nobel-prize winning chemist paul jozef crutzen first…

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Edward Burtynsky unveils preview of Anthropocene project at Photo London

May 17, 2018

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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Seville International heads to Cannes with ‘Anthropocene’ (exclusive)

May 2, 2018

By Jeremy Kay | Screen Daily Heading into Cannes next week Seville International has boarded worldwide rights to the documentary Anthropocene. The film is co-directed by veteran documentarians Jennifer Baichwal (Long Time Running), Nicholas de Pencier (Black Code) and photographer Edward Burtynsky (Watermark). The third in a series about humanity’s impact on Earth, Anthropocene follows the research by an international…

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Saying Goodbye to Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino

March 20, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we learn of the passing of Sudan, who was the last male northern white rhino, at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Species extinction is one of the markers of the #Anthropocene. In May 2016 the #AnthropoceneProject Team had the honour of sharing some intimate moments with Sudan at Ol Pejeta. Sudan’s last days were…

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Burtynsky’s Anthropocene coming to the AGO in September 2018

November 15, 2017

By Kevin Ritchie | NOW Magazine The photographer’s sprawling collaboration with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier will open simultaneously in Toronto and Ottawa The latest collaboration between photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier is the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) major fall 2018 exhibit. The trio, who previously worked…

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[PRESS RELEASE] Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada to co-present major exhibitions detailing the impact of humans on Earth

November 15, 2017

Lithium Mines #1, Salt Flats, Atacama Desert, Chile, 2017. Inkjet print, 58 ½ x 78 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © Edward Burtynsky, 2017. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOV. 15, 2017, 12 P.M. EST #AnthropoceneProject unveils new works by the artist collective of Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier…

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

October 30, 2017

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

October 30, 2017

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

October 5, 2017

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

September 26, 2017

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

September 17, 2017

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

September 9, 2017

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

September 7, 2017

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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Alaska’s Permafrost is Melting

August 23, 2017

By Henry Fountain | The New York Times YUKON DELTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Alaska — The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of the planet, and even here in sub-Arctic Alaska the rate of warming is high. Sea ice and wildlife habitat are disappearing; higher sea levels threaten coastal native villages. But…

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These Tiny Beads Are Designed To Soak Up The Sunblock Chemical That’s Killing Coral

August 21, 2017

By Adele Peters | Fast Company  A tiny amount of oxybenzone, a UV-blocking chemical that’s commonly found in sunscreen, can stunt and deform the growth of coral reefs, sometimes killing the coral. In Hawaii, lawmakers are attempting to ban the sunscreens that contain the chemical so snorkelers don’t unwittingly destroy the reefs they visit. But until that happens–and until people…

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The animals thriving in the Anthropocene

August 1, 2017

By Chris Baraniuk | BBC Future In the streets and alleyways of Baltimore, Dawn Biehler and her colleagues have been hunting for mosquito larvae – with turkey basters. “We go to a block and look for every single standing water container we can find,” she explains. “It could be as small as a bottle cap –…

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The unappreciated urban wilds

July 5, 2017

By Brandon Kaim | Anthropocene Magazine In many parts of the world, urban nature is experiencing a renaissance. Stories abound of biodiversity in cities, vegetated infrastructure, the psychological benefits of greenery. But one aspect of urban nature remains underappreciated: wildness. Places where nobody is telling nature what to do. Where it’s not landscaped or improved or…

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Charting Canada’s troubled waters: Where the danger lies for watersheds across the country

June 17, 2017

By Ivan Semeniuk | The Globe and Mail With a mere 0.5 per cent of the world’s population, Canada has jurisdiction over 20 per cent of the global water supply – a vast and valuable resource that is largely taken for granted by those who depend on it. Yet, according to the first national assessment of Canada’s…

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Climate change researchers cancel expedition because of climate change

June 12, 2017

By  Laura Glowacki | CBC News A team of scientists had to abandon an expedition through Hudson Bay because of hazardous ice conditions off the coast of Newfoundland caused by climate change. About 40 scientists from five Canadian universities were scheduled to use the icebreaker CCGS Amundsen for the first leg of a 133-day expedition across the Arctic. It’s part…

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The Earliest Evidence of Human Impact on Earth’s Geology Has Been Found in The Dead Sea

June 7, 2017

By Bec Crew | Science Alert Scientists have uncovered the earliest hints of human-caused changes in Earth’s geological processes, and they suggest that we’ve been impacting the planet’s climate and ecosystems for up to 11,500 years. Based on core samples dug up from the Dead Sea, erosion rates in the area were completely incompatible with what…

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This Machine Just Started Sucking CO2 Out Of The Air To Save Us From Climate Change

May 31, 2017

By Adele Peters | Fast Company Sitting on top of a waste incineration facility near Zurich, a new carbon capture plant is now sucking CO2 out of the air to sell to its first customer. The plant, which opened on May 31, is the first commercial enterprise of its kind. By midcentury, the startup behind it–Climeworks–believes…

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The Banality of the Anthropocene

May 23, 2017

By Heather Anne Swanson | I want to propose an Anthropocene territorialization and a subject-making project in which anthropologists might want to engage. The territory of which I write is a place called Iowa. There are plenty of troubling things about the Anthropocene. But to my mind, one of its most troubling dimensions is the…

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How Thousand-Year-Old Trees Became the New Ivory

May 22, 2017

By Lyndsie Bourgon | It was a local hiker who noticed, during a backwoods stroll in May 2012, the remains of the body. The victim in question: an 800-year-old cedar tree. Fifty meters tall and with a trunk three meters in circumference, the cedar was one of the crown jewels in Canada’s Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.…

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Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

May 19, 2017

By Damian Carrington | The Guardian It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried in a mountain deep inside the Arctic circle, has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter,…

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[PODCAST] Trash to Treasure

May 17, 2017

By Generation Anthropocene

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Anthropocene Talk at the AGO with Jennifer Baichwal, Nick de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky

May 3, 2017

Anthropocene Talk at the AGO – May 3, 2017

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World’s Oldest Cave Glacier Reveals 10,000 Years of Climate Data

May 1, 2017

By Cassie Kelly | EcoWatch  Deep inside the Apuseni Mountains you’ll find the Scărișoara Ice Cave in Transylvania, the oldest cave glacier in the world. You’ll also find some pretty incredible climate data from the last 10,000 years. An international team of scientists from several institutions, including the University of South Florida, University of Belfast and…

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[PRESS RELEASE] The Movie Network Announces Canadian Original Documentary Development and Production Slate

April 27, 2017

TORONTO, April 27, 2017 /CNW/ – As the documentary world gathers at the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Bell Media’s The Movie Network (TMN) has confirmed its commitment to the development and production of a diverse array of provocative, compelling documentaries from some of Canada’s finest filmmakers. The list of eight new works commissioned…

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