10 results for “Anthropo-scene”

Anthropo-scene #10: From Thoughts to Geology

June 27th 2015

It's more than two years since I have started this exploration of the Anthropocene for Next Nature for you. We have visited many places together, places I have traveled to as a reporter, author, biologist: we have entered a graphite mine, where ancient algae are turned into high-tech gadgets, we have discovered a former military training areas that has become a neo-natural ecosystem, we have encountered plants and birds that try to live and thrive in the new geological epoch we are about to name after ourselves, the Anthropocene.…

Anthropo-scene #9: Sense, Sensors, Sensitivity

June 20th 2015

In 1928 Alfred Döblin, one of Germany’s great authors, wrote a book that in my eyes should become part of the official intellectual ancestry of the Anthropocene.…

Anthropo-scene #8: Anthropocene Rabbit

June 14th 2015

I was on my bike, cycling to Berlin's Gleisdreieck area to attend Re:publica, Germany's hip and cool digital culture event, when a pile of rubble caught my attention.…

Anthropo-scene #7: Anthropocene Bird

April 26th 2015

What does it mean to be a bird in a world massively altered by human actions? This White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus), a beautiful raptor, is finding it out while hovering above Baylands Park near Palo Alto, California.…

Anthropo-scene #6: Military Nature

November 12th 2013

Over the past 200 years, Döberitzer Heath has been trampled down by soldiers, pounded by artillery fire and plowed by tanks.…

Anthropo-scene #5: Industrial Wilderness

October 16th 2013

Go back 100 years at exactly this location, and you would hardly be able to breathe and stand the noise. The Hattingen ironworks are an icon of the Ruhr region, one of the early centers of the Industrial Revolution.…

Anthropo-scene #4: Longing for Nature

September 13th 2013

Nature, anybody? Heidelberger Platz is one of the more brutal urban spaces in Berlin. It is torn apart by the city highway and train lines.…

Anthropo-scene #3: Morphing Earth, Piece by Piece

August 9th 2013

Many still think that Earth is just too big and mighty to be changed permanently by humans. When Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer proposed to introduce a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, they encountered wide-spread disbelief that us little, recently-evolved creatures could act on the longest, deepest time-scale available to describe our planet.…

Anthropo-scene #2: The Mind’s Lianas

May 15th 2013

When Édouard Le Roy, Vladimir Vernadsky and Teilhard de Chardin started to describe in the 1920s how the "noosphere", the sphere of the human mind, grows into the geosphere and the biosphere, they were already talking about something very real.…

Anthropo-scene #1: From Rocks to Thoughts

April 29th 2013

This is the first in a 10-part series where renowned journalist and biologist Christian Schwägerl discusses the many ramifications of the concept of the "Anthropocene". …