International scientists set boundaries for survival
Human activities have already pushed the Earth system beyond three of the planet's biophysical thresholds, with consequences that are detrimental or even catastrophic for large parts of the world; six others ...
Did the Anthropocene begin with the nuclear age?
An international group of scientists has proposed a start date for the dawn of the Anthropocene - a new chapter in the Earth's geological history.
With their mark on Earth, humans may name era too
(AP)—People are changing Earth so much, warming and polluting it, that many scientists are turning to a new way to describe the time we live in. They're calling it the Anthropocene (AN'-thruh-poh-seen)—the ...
Humans leaving a permanent mark on deep Earth
Human forays deep underground, such as boreholes, mines and nuclear bomb tests, are leaving a mark on the planet's geology that will last for hundreds of millions of years, say scientists.
Scientists put mankind's technological impact on the planet to the test
From threatened coral reefs and oxygen-starved seas to the industrial wastes around our cities and the subway systems beneath them, humans have clearly left their mark on the planet – and now a team of ...
Extreme makeover: are humans reshaping Earth?
If alien geologists were to visit our planet 10 million years from now, would they discern a distinct human fingerprint in Earth's accumulating layers of rock and sediment?
The Dawn of a New Epoch?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Geologists from the University of Leicester are among four scientists- including a Nobel prize-winner - who suggest that the Earth has entered a new age of geological time.
Scientists outline planetary boundaries: A safe operating space for humanity
New approaches are needed to help humanity deal with climate change and other global environmental threats that lie ahead in the 21st century, according to a group of 28 internationally renowned scientists.
The Anthropocene has been shaped by the media and our digital lives
The Earth recently entered a new epoch – the Anthropocene. Since the dawn of modern mechanised industry and the use of fossil fuels, the story goes that human beings have become the dominant force for change ...
First atomic bomb test may mark the beginning of the Anthropocene
Human beings don't merely inhabit the world. They alter it, on an increasingly epic scale. It is said that we now live in a new epoch, the Anthropocene, in which geology and climate are controlled as much ...
The cost of living in the Anthropocene
A biologist and an anthropologist have joined forces in a new journal article considering the true cost of living in the Anthropocene.
Sea of the living dead
(Phys.org)—The world's coral reefs have become a zombie ecosystem, neither dead nor truly alive, and are on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation according to an academic from The Australian ...
The age of Aquarius? Nope, it's the Anthropocene epoch
In just two centuries, humans have wrought such vast and unprecedented changes to our world that we actually might be ushering in a new geological time period that could alter the planet for millions of years, ...
Coping with the Anthropocene
Overpopulation, the greenhouse effect, warming temperatures and overall climate disruption are all well recognized as a major threat to the ecology and biodiversity of the Earth. The issue of mankind's negative impact on ...