How long the Anthropocene will last, and what will be its most enduring attributes, will not be driven and decided scientifically.
An expert panel has announced that we truly are living in the geological era defined by humanity's fingerprint. But is it as simple as that, and does it leave "Anthropocene science" open to attack?
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.
A scientist dips her toe into a new form of group-based performance art: devising new words to describe new feelings and phenomena of a rapidly changing world.
Human activity doesn't just reduce biodiversity – new research explores how we are continually creating new species and ecosystems, too.
Science explains how people are changing our natural systems, but we need to recognize the importance – and power – of emotions and the spiritual world in charting a course to the future.
Half of the world's vegetated land has got greener in the past 30 years, mostly driven by rising CO2.
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.
The presidential candidates should be talking about exploring and cataloguing our biosphere, which holds vital clues for how humanity should navigate the future.
There's no need for manufactured debates about a new geological era – we should just get on with the business of solving our problems.
We're in a new geological era, say scientists.
Human activities have altered whole ecosystems with declines in species diversity, extinctions and the introduction of weeds and pests. But it's not just the outside world we're harming.
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.
Many ecosystems have changed so radically that it is no longer possible to restore them to what they once were and in other situations it is not appropriate.
Proposals to set aside vast tracts of land for wildlife raise ethical questions, challenging the human-centric view of the value of life.
The pope's encyclical turns climate change into a moral discussion by focusing on the disproportionate impact of climate change on poor countries and regions.
Jurassic World is opening in cinemas this Thursday and again raises the idea of resurrecting extinct creatures. But there's plenty of other contenders before we even think of recreating dinosaurs.
Apes and people are sharing habitat more than ever. As apes are pushed into novel situations, we can see how they adapt and maybe find clues into early human evolution.
Scientists, philosophers, historians, journalists, agency administrators and activists grapple with what it means to 'save nature' in the Anthropocene.
Economic inequality and environmental degradation are closely linked – and stem from politicians' fixation on economic growth at all costs.