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Baichwal, Burtynsky Begin Anthropocene

January 8, 2016

Northern Stars | January 8, 2016 The third film in a trilogy that includes multiple award-winning films Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark, Anthropocene is again a collaboration among co-director Jennifer Baichwal and producer/cinematographer Nick de Pencier of Mercury Films, and world-renowned photographer and co-director Edward Burtynsky. Continue reading on Northern Stars. 

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Humans Leave a Telltale Residue on Earth

January 7, 2016

By David Biello | Scientific American | January 7, 2016 Evidence for a new geologic epoch continues to accumulate, like layers of sediment that over time harden into strata. Although those who study the branch of geology known as stratigraphy—the study of those strata and their resolution into Earth’s vast geologic time scale—will continue to debate the idea of…

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A New Geological Epoch, the Anthropocene, Has Begun, Scientists Say

January 7, 2016

By Emily Chung | CBC News – Technology & Science | January 7, 2016 We’re living through one of the most extraordinary events in Earth’s history — the start of a new geological epoch, an international group of scientists says. Welcome to the Anthropocene, everyone. Geological epochs are long periods of time — typically lasting around two million…

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How Humans are Driving the Sixth Mass Extinction

October 20, 2015

By Jeremy Hance | The Guardian | October 20, 2015 Periodically, in the vast spans of time that have preceded us, our planet’s living beings have been purged by planetary catastrophes so extreme they make your typical Ice Age look like the geological equivalent of a stroll in the park. Scientists count just five mass…

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Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

September 30, 2014

By Damien Carrington | The Guardian | September 30, 2014 The number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. Creatures across land, rivers and the seas are being decimated as humans kill them for food in unsustainable numbers, while polluting or destroying their habitats, the research…

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Freshwater Fish Are Dying at Alarming Rates

November 1, 2012

By Carrie Madren | Scientific American | November 1, 2012 We may not miss the phantom shiner, the thicktail chub, the stumptooth minnow or the harelip sucker, but these freshwater fishes are among 39 species (3.2 percent of North America’s freshwater fish population) and 18 subspecies that have vanished from the continent’s waters over the past century.…

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