Category Archives: Humans

Humans have a long history of coming together to solve a climate crisis

Responding to a crisis often brings out the best in people. Certainly, it has in the past, when sudden changes in climate during the Middle Stone Age sparked off surges of cultural evolution and innovation in early modern humans, some … Continue reading

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Generation Anthropocene: How humans have altered the planet for ever

We are living in the Anthropocene age, in which human influence on the planet is so profound – and terrifying – it will leave its legacy for millennia. Politicians and scientists have had their say, but how are writers and … Continue reading

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Climate Change and the Course of Global History: A Rough Journey

Climate Change and the Course of Global History presents the first global study by a historian to fully integrate the earth-system approach of the new climate science with the material history of humanity. Part I argues that geological, environmental, and … Continue reading

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Anthropogenesis: Origins and Endings in the Anthropocene

If the Anthropocene represents a new epoch of thought, it also represents a new form of materiality and historicity for the human as strata and stratigrapher of the geologic record. This collision of human and inhuman histories in the strata … Continue reading

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La Biodiversité, son Évolution et ses Croisements avec l’Humanité

L’espèce humaine crée avec beaucoup d’application les conditions d’une sixième extinction de toutes les espèces. L’homme, explique Gilles Boeuf, titulaire de la Chaire Développement durable au Collège de France, est la seule espèce au monde qui prolifère en détruisant l’univers … Continue reading

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Living in the Anthropocene

A Smithsonian symposium about human impacts on Earth looked past warnings of global doom to discuss the necessary balance of achievable solutions. Humans have been transforming the planet through agriculture, urbanization, transportation and fossil fuel use, and the rapid changes … Continue reading

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