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

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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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Last male northern white rhino joins Tinder to raise money

April 25, 2017

BBC News The last male northern white rhino on earth has joined the dating app Tinder – as part of fundraising efforts by conservationists to save the species. At 43 (or 100 in rhino years), Sudan is described as “one of a kind”, who likes to eat grass and chill in the mud. Attempts to…

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Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say

April 24, 2017

By Helen Briggs | BBC News A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution, scientists say. Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic. Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of…

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Ice Roads Ease Isolation in Canada’s North, but They’re Melting Too Soon

April 19, 2017

By Dan Levin | The New York Times ON THE TLICHO WINTER ROAD, Northwest Territories — In Canada’s northern latitudes, the frigid winter means freedom. That is when lakes and rivers freeze into pavements of marbled blue ice. For a few months, trucks can haul fuel or lumber or diamonds or a moose carcass to the…

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Climate change causes glacial river in Yukon to change direction

April 18, 2017

By Brandie Weikle | CBC News Climate change has caused the massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in the Yukon to retreat so much that its meltwater abruptly switched direction, in the first documented case of “river piracy” in modern times. Instead of flowing into the Slims River and then north to the Bering Sea, the water has changed course and now flows…

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Great Barrier Reef at ‘terminal stage’: scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

April 9, 2017

By Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed | The Guardian Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the 2016 and 2017 bleaching events is unprecedented for the reef, and will give damaged coral little chance to recover.…

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[TALK] Anthropocene: Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal, Nick de Pencier

April 7, 2017

Wednesday May 3, 2017 8 pm Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario Members $15 | Public $17 | Students $10 Tickets available online Thursday March 23 BUY TICKETS Join us for a conversation with renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky and acclaimed filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier. They will be discussing their latest collaborative project—Anthropocene —…

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Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

March 21, 2017

By Damian Carrington | The Guardian The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory”, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. The WMO’s assessment of the climate in 2016, published on Tuesday, reports unprecedented heat across the globe, exceptionally low ice at both…

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We’ve created 208 new minerals: Time for a new, human-influenced Anthropocene epoch?

March 2, 2017

By Nicole Mortillaro | CBC News Humans have created 208 new minerals, bolstering the argument that the planet has entered a new epoch in its geological history, a study being published today finds. In the study, published in American Mineralogist, the researchers explain that the influx of minerals is the largest since the increase of oxygen in…

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Will naming the Anthropocene lead to acceptance of our planet-level impact?

February 27, 2017

By Lehigh University | EurekaAlert “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This phrase–from William Shakespeare’s tragic play Romeo & Juliet–is among the most famous acknowledgements in Western culture of the power of naming to shape human perception. According to the International Union of Geological…

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Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More?

February 14, 2017

By Wesley Yang | The New York Times Perhaps you’ve noticed, amid the hot invective and dry mockery of daily events in your social-media feeds, reports of the glaciers melting at each pole. Arctic ice cover reached record lows this summer and fall, while in Antarctica, we saw the continuing enlargement of an already massive crack…

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Simple equation shows how human activity is trashing the planet

February 10, 2017

By Owen Gaffney | New Scientist Homo sapiens now rivals the great forces of nature. Humanity is a prime driver of change of the Earth system. Industrialised societies alter the planet on a scale equivalent to an asteroid impact. This is how the Anthropocene– the proposed new geological period in which human activity profoundly shapes the environment –…

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Introducing the terrifying mathematics of the Anthropocene

February 10, 2017

By Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen | The Conversation Here are some surprising facts about humans’ effect on planet Earth. We have made enough concrete to create an exact replica of Earth 2mm thick. We have produced enough plastic to wrap Earth in clingfilm. We are creating “technofossils”, a new term for congealed human-made materials – plastics…

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Sea Unworthy: A Personal Journey into the Pacific Garbage Patch [Slide Show]

February 1, 2017

By Erica Cirino | Scientific American More plastic in the oceans, found at greater depths than thought, would mean a bigger threat to environmental—and possibly human—health. View the slide show and continue reading on Scientific American.

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Primates face mass extinction by mid-century, scientists warn

January 20, 2017

By Ivan Semeniuk | The Globe and Mail  Primates are now so threatened by human activity that the group is heading for “a major extinction event” by the middle of this century, scientists warn. The grim forecast comes from a global assessment of all known species of primates, the mammalian order to which humans belong and whose members…

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World temperatures hit new high for the third year in a row

January 18, 2017

By Alister Doyle | The Globe and Mail World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set by the Paris climate change deal, with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, scientists said on Wednesday. The findings, providing new…

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Cities are the new laboratories of evolution

January 3, 2017

By Sarah DeWeerdt | Anthropocene Magazine Cities are driving rapid evolutionary changes to plant and animal species, according to a study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Usually, we think of evolution as happening in remote, isolated, or pristine places—the Galapagos Islands, for example. But the new findings suggest that scientists can’t understand…

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Why Should Humans Care if We’re Entering the Sixth Mass Extinction?

November 21, 2016

By | Smithsonian Magazine Sometime in the near geological future, the landscape of life on earth as we know it will be transformed. It’s a mass extinction, and it’s only happened five times before in Earth’s history. There have been severe ice ages, perplexing losses of oxygen from our oceans, massive volcanic eruptions, meteor impacts.…

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