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The Early Anthropocene Hypothesis: An Update

March 15, 2016

By Bill Ruddiman | RealClimate | March 15, 2016 For over a decade, paleoclimate scientists have argued whether the warmth of the last several thousand years was natural or anthropogenic. This brief comment updates that debate, also discussed earlier at RC: Debate over the Early Anthropogenic Hypothesis (2005) and An Emerging View on Early Land Use (2011). The graph…

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The Case for Optimism on Climate Change | Al Gore TED 2016

March 14, 2016

Why is Al Gore optimistic about climate change? In this spirited talk, Gore asks three powerful questions about the man-made forces threatening to destroy our planet — and the solutions we’re designing to combat them. (Featuring Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson)

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Anthropocene: The Human Age

March 11, 2016

By Richard Monastersky | Nature | March 11, 2016 Almost all the dinosaurs have vanished from the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. The fossil hall is now mostly empty and painted in deep shadows as palaeobiologist Scott Wing wanders through the cavernous room. Wing is part of a team carrying out a radical,…

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Satellite Laser Will Map Forests in 3-D

March 8, 2016

By Brittany Patterson | Scientific American | March 8, 2016 In 2018, America’s space agency is going to send a laser into the galaxies to assess the world’s trees. It won’t be the first time NASA dabbles in lidar technology—shooting lasers onto things and recording what comes back—but it will be the first time the agency…

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NASA Finds Drought in Eastern Mediterranean Worst of Past 900 Years

March 1, 2016

NASA | March 1, 2016 In addition to identifying the driest years, the science team discovered patterns in the geographic distribution of droughts that provides a “fingerprint” for identifying the underlying causes. Together, these data show the range of natural variation in Mediterranean drought occurrence, which will allow scientists to differentiate droughts made worse by…

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In Search of the Anthropocene Epoch

February 26, 2016

BBC News | February 26, 2016 For more than 11,000 years, we have been living in a period of geological time called the Holocene. But researchers say our planet is undergoing a rapid transition, so much so that we have shifted into a new epoch: the Anthropocene, the age of humans. Continue reading and watch…

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UN Science Report Warns of Fewer Bees, Other Pollinators

February 26, 2016

By Seth Borenstein | WTop | February 26, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Many species of wild bees, butterflies and other critters that pollinate plants are shrinking toward extinction, and the world needs to do something about it before our food supply suffers, a new United Nations scientific mega-report warns.  Continue reading on WTop. 

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New Evidence Shows Global Climate Change Began Way Back in 1610

February 17, 2016

By Eric Holthaus | Slate | February 17, 2016 With evidence mounting that humanity has become a true force of nature “as Earth-changing as a meteorite strike,” it’s natural to wonder just exactly when our collective influence over our home planet’s environment became so dominant. That question has sparked a roaring debate among scientists that’s led to an effort to…

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The Anthropocene: Great Marketing, Wrong Product

February 8, 2016

By Brad Allenby | Slate | February 8, 2016 It was in 2011 that the Economist, a publication usually known for arcane speculation on geopolitics and economics, welcomed its readers to the Anthropocene and warned that humans had “changed the way the world works.” The drumbeat behind the concept has continued, recently receiving new momentum with the release in…

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PODCAST: Congratulations, We are Likely the Anthropocene

February 5, 2016

The John Batchelor Show | February 5, 2016 Listen to the podcast on Audioboom.

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Thrilled to be Collaborating with Deep Inc.

February 5, 2016

Thrilled to be collaborating with the @DeepDispatches team on #VR content for Anthropocene! https://t.co/bPmq606T9t pic.twitter.com/7ea8Bg2T9U — Anthropocene Project (@anthropocene) February 5, 2016    

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What Future Humans Will Learn From Our Remains

February 3, 2016

By Yasmin Tayag | Inverse | February 3, 2016 Millions of years from now, a future geologist will be digging deep into the Earth, seeking the truth about his notorious sapiens heritage. Excavating far beneath the year 100,000, scraping past 10,000, he’ll hit on 2016 and think: What the actual fuck happened here? A recent paper written by researchers with…

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Anthropocene Writing Room

January 21, 2016

Anthropocene documentary writing room with the Edward Burtynsky research crew. Big plans for shoots this year!

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In Search of a New Politics For a New Environmental Era

January 20, 2016

By Diane Toomey | Yale Environment 360 | January 20, 2016 That we live in a new epoch defined by humankind’s unprecedented influence on the natural world is becoming less a matter of debate than a starting point for future action. But now that the Anthropocene phenomenon has been identified and labeled, how do we act…

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Baichwal, Burtynsky Partner Again for Anthropocene

January 11, 2016

By Jordan Pinto | Playback | January 11, 2016 If you’ve never heard the word “Anthropocene” then you’re probably not alone. The term, which describes a new geological epoch brought about by man’s impact on the planet, is the focal point of a new documentary from award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky and Mercury Film’s DOP…

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Return of the Anthropocene Team

January 11, 2016

Strictly Docs | January 11, 2016 Director Jennifer Baichwal with producer/cinematographer Nick de Pencier and 
world-renowned photographer and co-director Edward Burtynsky are reuniting for a third time to make Anthropocene – a unique documentary looking at our current geologic time period. And why exactly is that worth investigating, you say? Well, for those familiar with the filmmakers’ works will…

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The Anthropocene is Functionally and Stratigraphically Distinct From the Holocene

January 8, 2016

Science Magazine Vol. 351, Issue 6269 | January 8, 2016 Humans are altering the planet, including long-term global geologic processes, at an increasing rate. Any formal recognition of an Anthropocene epoch in the geological time scale hinges on whether humans have changed the Earth system sufficiently to produce a stratigraphic signature in sediments and ice that…

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Principal Photography Has Commenced on Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s Feature Documentary Anthropocene

January 8, 2016

Press Release | 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.

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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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