Tagged: anthropocene

Ice ages have been linked to the Earth’s wobbly orbit – but when is the next one? - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 10, 2016

By Mark Maslin, UCL Over the last two and a half million years the Earth has undergone more than 50 major ice ages, each having a profound effect on our planet’s climate. But what causes them and how do we predict when the next big ice age will hit? About 40 years ago, scientists realised that ice ages … Read More

Book review: Big World, Small Planet - Scibooks

Guest Author Dec 03, 2015

How do we go about communicating that the whole of the biosphere (and humanity) is at stake? Professor David Teather looks for answers in the book Big World, Small Planet in a review originally featured in the latest issue of Forest & Bird magazine. Convincing others to care for the natural world is a matter for both … Read More

When did the Anthropocene start? - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 10, 2015

Guest post from Helen Bostock, president of the Australasian Quaternary Association. Edited by Rebecca Priestley (VUW). In 2016, members of the International Commission of Stratigraphy (ICS) will decide whether the Holocene epoch has given way to the Anthropocene and, if so, where the boundary between the two epochs should lie. In this blog we present the New Zealand … Read More

Adventures in the Anthropocene - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 28, 2014

Science journalist Gaia Vince left her desk at Nature and spent two years visiting places around the world, some of them very isolated, where people were grappling with the conditions of what is sometimes described as a new epoch, the Anthropocene. It dates from the industrial revolution and represents a different world from the relatively […] … Read More

TDB Today: Facing the future – no Bridges too far - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 26, 2014

In my post at The Daily Blog today — Facing the future – no Bridges too far — I take a look at the Royal Society of New Zealand’s latest information paper about the need to move New Zealand to a green economy. There’s a yawning gulf between the rational world view embodied in the […] … Read More