Today, the human impact on our planet can hardly be underestimated. Climate change, synthetic biology, mass urbanization – ‘We are here’ echoes all over. We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, an age where humanity and its instrumentalities are the most potent and influential geological force. Welcome to the Human Planet.
A multinational team of geologists made a rough estimate of the size of the physical structure of Earth’s technosphere – finding that its mass approximates to 30 trillion tons. That’s a mass of more than 50 kilos for every square meter of the Earth’s surface.…
It is a well known secret that plastic hardly breaks down and almost all of the plastic ever made still floats around somewhere. With the great pacific garbage patch now twice the size of Texas and over 500 billion plastic bags produced a year – which take about a 1000…
Oh no! What do we have here? A map of The Netherlands with all its major cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Almere – flooded and vanished into the ocean. Must be a speculative rendering of what happens when climate change kicks in and ocean levels rise. Is this…
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The Anthropocene Explosion
Biologically, there is nothing remarkable in the fact that humans are agents of ecological change and environmental upset. All species transform their surroundings. The dizzying complexity of landscapes on Earth is not just a happy accident of geology and climate, but the result of billions of years of organisms grazing, excavating, defecating, and decomposing.…Read more
'Human activity may create new species and modes of being'
Allison Guy and Koert Van Mensvoort
The age of rust
Meet the incredible new species “Petramosaurus Cavator” and discover its impact on our planet in this short mockumentary by Aber and Mattei.
Man-Made Coral Reefs
Last week I had the pleasure of being the studio guest at the Earth Beat radio show. I was treated with examples of ‘artificial nature’ and asked to respond from a Next Nature perspective. Among them where these amazing underwater sculptures, created by Jason de Caires Taylor as a man-made coral reef to provide a habitat for sea-life and distract snorkelers from the vulnerable coral reefs elsewhere.…Read more
Surviving the Anthropocene in China
Edward Wong’s fascinating personal essay reveals the extreme lengths that foreigners and wealthy Chinese go to in order to survive in a country where the air, food and water are toxic. Children are raised indoors, surrounded by high-tech air filters. Adults wear face masks when they venture outside.…Read more
Antarctica Is Turning Green
Try looking online for images of ‘Antarctica’ and rest assured you will have a series of enchanted pristine white landscapes presented to you on a silver platter. Well that’s about to change as rising temperatures have boosted the growth rates of seasonal moss on the southern part of the continent over the last 50 years.…Read more