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'Antarctic cities' residents care deeply about the continent, with environmental concerns outweighing economic priorities. Asked about its future, they feel a mix of hope, pessimism and sadness.
It's time for a new accord, with a summit led by First Nations people, bringing disparate groups together to help heal the nation and the land.
What does a more desirable future for people and the planet look like.
What are the visions that reflect the diverse values that nature holds for people?
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They will find minimal traces of the virus itself, but lots of PPE.
John Vanderlyn: Landing of Columbus
It marked the point when humans began to exert a geologically-huge influence on the environment.
The pangolin, one of the most poached animals in the world, could have served as an intermediate host in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans.
Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing.
Agricultural civilization led to the transformation of soils and rocks. Here an image of a corn field in Germany.
As we debate the proposals for what the world after the virus should look like, it is crucial that we understand the roots of what got us here.
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The pandemic has exposed how vulnerable we are to unexpected climate shocks.
The hope is that the biodiversity targets translate directly into what individual countries, cities, companies and even families can adopt as tangible actions.
Though its use has grown in the last decade, the Anthropocene concept has been around since the 19th century.
The term Anthropocene - previously known only to geologists and academics - has hit the mainstream. Now it's being tweeted as shorthand for the negative effects humans have had on the planet.
Oil tankers load up in a port at twilight.
The Great Acceleration inaugurated the Anthropocene in the 1950s. Now, a similar race for resources and space is happening in the ocean.
NASA ‘could not imagine the radical effect of seeing the Earth’ from the moon. In the face of a climate catastrophe, we all need to step back and see the Earth again.
Historical perspective can offer much in this time of ecological crisis,. Many historians are reinventing their traditional scales of space and time to tell different kinds of stories that recognise the unruly power of nature.
Pictured is a slag pile at Broken Hill in New South Wales. Slag is a man-made waste product created during smelting.
Manufacturing minerals is an expanding field of study. Making more of them could help alleviate various pressures faced by our growing population. But how are they made, and where can they be used?
Transforming our societies to stop climate change offers us the chance to make our lives better.
Reconnecting with nature.
Humans did not always see themselves as he separate from the natural world. If we are to reverse its decline, we must re-entangle ourselves with it.
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If sci-fi films mirror the world's contemporary dystopian anxieties, then over the years Star Wars has gone from nuclear war to environmental collapse.
A black marlin in the sea. These apex predators can grow to 800 kilograms.
A giant ocean fish swims into the heart of industrial Port Kembla looking for food. What if we take its presence, a few km from an ancient, living midden, as a symbol of both new and old ways to learn in the age of the Anthropocene?
People have been modifying Earth – as in these rice terraces near Pokhara, Nepal – for millennia.
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Hundreds of archaeologists provided on-the-ground data from across the globe, providing a new view of the long and varied history of people transforming Earth's environment.
Plant extinctions have skyrocketed, driven in large part by land clearing and climate change.
Human-driven land clearing and climate change are sending plants extinct at a rapid rate, risking a devastating biodiversity crash.
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Geology will be key to any green transition, but its academic reputation needs an urgent makeover.