Even before the advent of agriculture, Homo sapiens kicked off an entirely new process of planetary change. Earth would never be the same. Instead of mere centuries, Erle C Ellis advances a broader view of the Anthropocene, over many millennia, and what that means for land stewardship.
The rise and fall of the ancient Maya has intrigued historians and archaeologists for decades. Now, Earth-system scientists are taking a keen interest. Scott Heckbert asks: what role might environmental conditions and trade play in the growth and eventual collapse of a civilisation?
Berlin's Anthropocene Project kicks off with Will Steffen's keynote
The Anthropocene Project is an initiative of Berlin's House of World Cultures.
It is in cooperation with the Max Planck Society, Deutsches Museum, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich and Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam. The project stages dialogues, lectures, round tables, art events, music, films, game shows, debates and experiments.
This issue’s cover story puts 2000 years of regional temperature histories into perspective. Also featured: two full-spread maps visualising the PAGES 2k regional temperature records and ocean acidifi...