Tag: Anthropocene

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Anthropocene

What Is Next Nature? #10

One and a half century ago birds and insects were the only airborne creatures. The largest movements in the sky were, for example, swarms of starlings, migrating geese or a lone circling hawk. From the twentieth century a new entrant made its rise: aircrafts. Today 8.3 million people are held aloft by airplanes everyday. Commercial air traffic accounts for the 4% of the total global output of greenhouse gasses. Indeed, the impact on the environment is clearly visible and widespread. Near urban areas a clear blue sky without contrails is close to non-existent. Not only airplanes have become part of the visible and audible horizon, they also directly transform our landscape by creating cirrus cloud formations.

Read the entire Next Nature is… series.

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Anthropocene

Old Cellphones to Fight Deforestation

The rainforest produces an extraordinary symphony that drowns out the threatening sound of the lumberjack chainsaws. To protect it, American start-up Rainforest Connection transformed recycled cell-phones into autonomous, solar-powered listening devices. This low-cost solar tracking system is able to intercept illicit activities, mainly deforestation, and alert the rangers in real time. His founder is Californian engineer Tropher White. With the help of indigenous tribes he was able to make his ambitious project operational.

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Anthropocene

Untouched Nature Is Entirely Gone

Human impact on this planet is evident, we modified ecosystems and landscapes. Since day one of our appearance on Earth we tried to know, understand and ultimately control our surroundings. Travelers all over the world constantly look for untouched lands and real nature, although lately this is harder and harder. After a long research, scientists now say that untouched nature is almost entirely gone.

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Plastic Planet

Welcome to the Age of Plastic

According to a new study, humankind is now entering the “Age of Plastic”. The research investigates the evidence that we are living in the Anthropocene, a time in which humanity is the main geological force. Jan Zalasiewicz, Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, explained: “Plastics were more or less unknown to our grandparents, when they were children. But now, they are indispensible to our lives”.

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Anthropocene

Earth next to the Sun makes us Modest

Next time you hear someone argue we are on the verge of becoming Gods, you might want to point them this image comparing the size of the Earth and the Sun. The realization that Earth would fit over a million times in the volume of the Sun kind of makes you modest, no?

Although humanity influences the Earth so radically that researchers now speak of a new geological era called the Anthropocene, all live on Earth including our existence still entirely depends on an entity on which we have no control whatsoever: the Sun.  No, we are not the Masters of the Universe.

Peculiar image of the week via hstry.co.