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Manmade

A special issue exploring the consequences of a new
geologic epoch: the Age of Man.
Spring 2013 cover

Welcome to the Anthropocene

As in all things, the bacteria got there first. One tiny cell built inside of itself a new pigment, a brilliant green thanks to its ability to absorb only certain colors in the light of a younger, weaker Sun. The pigment – dubbed chlorophyll by animals that rely on this one cell’s innumerable descendants to power name-giving brains – channeled the energy in sunshine to split the waters of Earth’s early oceans. The cell took in carbon dioxide, paired it with once watery hydrogen, and made food. In the process out bubbled a flammable gas that made life as we know it possible: oxygen.

These bacteria were the first geoengineers – large-scale manipulators of the planetary environment.… more …


Contents

 
Anthropocene Reports
Chemically Altered
Synthetic chemicals permeate the environment to such an extent that they have changed the chemistry of our planet
Extremely Loud
We have drowned out the natural soundscape
And Incredibly Bright
We have blotted out the night sky
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Planet Earth
City Life
Our urban environs have become ecosystems all their own
Running Dry
We are sucking the world’s ancient freshwater stores faster than they can be replenished
Anthropocene Essays
David Biello
Welcome to the Anthropocene
Kathleen Dean Moore
Anthropocene is the Wrong Word
Raj Patel
Misanthropocene?
Mark Hertsgaard
Living Through the Anthropocene Storm
Ginger Strand
Beware the Rainmakers
Gus Speth
Will Branding Help?
Derrick Jensen
Age of the Sociopath
Alan Weisman
Anthropocenic Creation Tale

   

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Comments

THANK YOU SO MUCH for this excellent and appropriate issue on the “Anthropocene,” a term that I have abhorred since I first heard of its hubristic existence some years ago.  I am delighted to see so many worthy writers responding to the realities and issues of this new, shortsighted worldview.  Richard Heinberg nails it: “In the end, the deepest insight of the Anthropocene will probably be a very simple one: we live in a world of millions of interdependent species with which we have co-evolved. We sunder this web of life at our peril. Earth’s story is fascinating, rich in detail, and continually self-revealing. And it’s not all about us.”

Many thanks,

Suzanne

By Suzanne Duarte on Sat, May 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm

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