Articles sur Anthropocene

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The idea that there’s a moral imperative for humans to expand beyond Earth is echoed by influential proponents of space exploration. Tamara Craiu/Flickr

To boldly go toward new frontiers, we first need to learn from our colonial past

Technology had enabled humans to explore the deep sea, the Earth's poles, and outer space. But we shouldn't forget historical lessons about frontiers in the process of traversing them.
Greening Manhattan: bringing nature into the city is one thing, making it part of our culture and everyday lives is another. Alyson Hurt/flickr

Why ‘green cities’ need to become a deeply lived experience

The rise of urban greening is an opportunity to recast the relationship between people and environment. Humans and non-human species are ecologically intertwined as inhabitants of cities.
Migrants at the Greek-Macedonian border earlier this year: Is there a better way to deal with seemingly intractable problems? Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

We’re failing to solve the world’s ‘wicked problems.’ Here’s a better approach

Our institutions are not solving the world's wicked problems, such as the refugee crisis and climate change. Can sustainable coffee – a bottoms-up, modular approach – provide clues to a better way?
Lightning moves pretty quickly; would you call it instantaneous? Steven Vanderburg, NOAA

What exactly does ‘instantaneous’ mean?

An instant likely feels different to a person, or a redwood, or a gnat. What's infinitely small for one might be a whole lifetime for another – and that scale influences the choices we make.
Should a future parent consider the impact more people will have on the Earth? child via

Bioethicist: The climate crisis calls for fewer children

A philosopher of 'procreation ethics' at the center of a controversy over having kids explains why we can't ignore the population question in an era of climate change.
Anarchism’s opposition to arbitrary power is often militant, but liberty is no simple thing. Transmetropolitan Review

Whither anarchy: perspectives on anarchism and liberty

Liberty is a political matter bound up with institutionalised struggles for equality among individuals, groups, networks and organisations. This is where the cult of the free individual falls down.
Hydrogen is built into helium at a temperature of millions of degrees. NASA/SDO (AIA)

Before fusion: a human history of fire

Fire has played a vital role in human history, and will continue to. Recent advances in fusion herald the freeing of fire from captivity back into its natural form.
We need other species to survive for the services they provide and the knowledge they can share. Global Environment Facility

Why we need a ‘moon shot’ to catalogue the Earth’s biodiversity

The presidential candidates should be talking about exploring and cataloguing our biosphere, which holds vital clues for how humanity should navigate the future.
Places near the equator, with less natural climate variation, were the first to see humanity’s climate fingerprint. Husond/Wikimedia Commons

Ground zero for climate change: the tropics were first to feel the definite effects in the 1960s

Global warming is, by definition, experienced worldwide. But a new study shows that the tropics were the first places on earth where the human effect on climate outstripped normal climate variations.

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