Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis suggested that Earth could be considered a single, self-regulating organism.
Human waste created the landscape for a medieval Indian Ocean trading port and may eventually have led to its demise.
The production and release of synthetic chemicals worldwide is destabilising the Earth system.
Although alternative terms have been suggested, the Anthropocene captures the magnitude of the crisis we face.
From installations of ice to projected art generated from air quality readings, artists and designers offer powerful experiences where people become witnesses to what’s happening and what’s possible.
A study published in the journal Nature reveals that global mass of goods produced by humankind now exceeds that of all life on earth. This is a stark warning on our growing domination of the planet.
If all of humanity was wiped out tomorrow, it’s estimated that the natural world would take at least five million years to recover from the damage humans have done to the world.
The science-fiction scenario of an engineered planet is already here.
Almost a century ago, New Zealand and Australia were at the forefront of an environmental crisis that forewarned of humanity’s global impact – erosion. It left its mark on culture.
‘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 are the visions that reflect the diverse values that nature holds for people?
They will find minimal traces of the virus itself, but lots of PPE.
It marked the point when humans began to exert a geologically-huge influence on the environment.
Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing.
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.
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.
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.
The Great Acceleration inaugurated the Anthropocene in the 1950s. Now, a similar race for resources and space is happening in the ocean.