• Using the Planet

    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.
  • Lessons from a simulated civilisation

    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?


March 23, 2011
China’s vast cities are hungry for energy. Shobhakar Dhakal discusses emissions with Owen Gaffney.
January 1, 2011
The United Nations has struggled to deliver on many environmental and developmental challenges. Time for new thinking, then, which is why UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has set up the Global Sustainability Panel. But how can science contribute? Owen Gaffney discusses the panel with Janos Pasztor .
October 31, 2010
In 2000, Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen, IGBP Vice-chair at the time, and Eugene F. Stoermer proposed that humanity had driven the world into a new geological epoch. They named this epoch "the Anthropocene". The article below, which was published in IGBP's Global Change magazine (Newsletter 41) at the time, articulates the concept. In 2002, a related article was published in the journal Nature. In recent years, the concept has gained much attention within the scientific community and now more widely.
June 1, 2010
What is the best solution to tackling climate change? There is no panacea, and we have to experiment with multiple approaches, Elinor Ostrom tells Ninad Bondre.
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