The forests near Fukushima and Chernobyl likely have been changed forever.
Winifred BirdJane Braxton Little
Return of the Wild
Will humans make way for the greatest conservation experiment in centuries?
We have drowned out the natural soundscape
Maureen Nandini Mitra
And Incredibly Bright
We have blotted out the night sky
A Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth
Where humans go, so go our dependents and hangers-on.
Our urban environs have become ecosystems all their own
We are sucking the world’s ancient freshwater stores faster than they can be replenished
Jessica C. Kraft
Synthetic chemicals permeate the environment to such an extent that they have changed the chemistry of our planet.
Welcome to the Anthropocene
As in all things, the bacteria got there first.
Anthropocene is the Wrong Word
Has the human impact on Earth “cut to the very bone” of deep time, as some have claimed, effectively ending the Holocene Epoch and ushering in what should be called the Anthropocene? Yes – and t...
Kathleen Dean Moore
My first earthquake happened at four in the morning, when some small god picked up my apartment building and shook it lightly before setting it down like a Christmas box that would, soon enough, be to...
Living Through the Anthropocene Storm
“It’s too late, isn’t it?” That was the subject line of an email I received the other day. The sender was a mother in Brooklyn who, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, was terrified of what climat...
Beware the Rainmakers
In 1838, James Pollard Espy, the first meteorologist to be employed by the US government, made an odd request to the Senate: He proposed they pay him for burning huge swaths of the nation’s forests....
Will Branding Help?
For Paul Crutzen, the Nobel laureate who has contributed enormously to our understanding of our beleaguered planet, the idea of the Anthropocene might be a way for us to recommit to safeguarding the p...
Age of the Sociopath
The term Anthropocene not only doesn’t help us stop this culture from killing the planet – it contributes directly to the problems it purports to address. First, it’s grossly misleading. Humans ...
Anthropocenic Creation Tale
There’s a discussion that my wife, Beckie Kravetz, and I have periodically about the nature of our respective lines of work. Beckie is a figurative sculptor: She renders the human form in bronze and...
Earth Island Reports
Making Food Recovery a Valued Service
Best Ethical Destinations for 2013
Jeff Greenwald, Christy Hoover And Natalie Lefevre
A One-Trick Shiva
Photographer J. Henry Fair
On the list of best job titles ever – explorer, inventor, superstar architect – “planetary futurist” must surely be near the top of the pile. Writer Alex Steffen has earned that enviable monik...
Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth By Sasha Lilley, David McNally, Eddie Yuen, James Davis, with a foreword by Doug Henwood PM Press, 2012, 192 pages
Wild Kingdom USA
Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds By Jim Sterba Random House, 2012, 336 pages
On one level, the green movement won the game a long time ago: It convinced the majority of Americans that ecosystem destruction is a serious problem. Today 73 percent of Americans say they are worrie...
Hack the Sky?
Since the scale of the climate change crisis became clear, our response has focused on trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to maintain the climate at something like the pre-industrial status quo...
We need some Symptomatic Relief
Ken Caldeira is an atmospheric scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. When thinking about the ethics of solar geoengineering, I like...
The New Sorcerer’s Apprentices
Clive Hamilton is Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia. He is the author of Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change. His new book, ...
Weather Forecast: A Cloudy Future for Nukes
In the 1950s, when the first nuclear reactors were conceived, there were few computers. Engineers created blueprints using lead pencils and slide rules. Back then the atmosphere’s carbon content was...
Local News from All Over: Spring 2013
Africa Eyes in the Sky Drone warfare is coming to the African savannah. The aerial surveillance technology – pioneered by the US military to locate and then bomb suspected terrorists – is poised t...
Notes from a Warming World: Spring 2013
New Hot Colors In January the mercury soared so high Down Under that Australia’s meteorology department added two new colors to its weather map – incandescent purple and pink. Red simply wasn’t ...