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Anthropocene: On the Substance of a New Idea

The Anthropocene is a new chapter in Earth’s history shaped by human actions. Radionuclides and plastic are considered the clearest measurable signal as to why the official dawn of this new era should probably be dated at 1945. By Christian Schwägerl In February 2000, Paul J. Crutzen erupted at a …

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12 really cool random things about planet Earth

by Melissa Breyer CC BY 2.0 NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/flickr Allow me to roll out a cliché and say that here at TreeHugger, every day is Earth Day. Tips on going green and sustainable design and treehugging in general are business as usual; our modus operandi 24/7. But who would we …

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If We’re Going to Push Forward, It’s Time to Embrace Awkwardness

Image credit: Neighborhood by Lorraine Smith   From economists to politicians, from consumers to scientists, plenty of people agree that the current approach of many businesses is not sustainable. We’ve talked about the sheer obviousness of this point, as have many other thinkers and doers working on this challenge. But when it …

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Scientists Are Arguing About When, Exactly, Humans Started to Rule the Planet

Shutterstock This story was originally published on Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Signs of human impact on the planet are everywhere. Sea levels are rising as ice at both poles melts; plastic waste clogs the ocean; urban sprawl paves over landscapes while …

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Climate Change — Just a Data Problem?

By Jason Trager Data and statistics, when used properly, can provide key insights to help companies make sense of a complicated competitive landscape. Unfortunately, statistics are often misused. This is, in part, the lamentable result of leaders either improperly selecting or simply fabricating statistics to justify a foregone conclusion.  At …

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Adaptation strategies: Invest in natural capital

Shutterstock Ehrman Photographic Wetlands are an important element for climate change adaptation. by Sissel Waage, Edmund Barrow, Helen Crowley and Shaun Martin Corporate leaders face many questions about how to succeed in the years ahead, but one is too often overlooked:  What can our company do today to succeed in a climate-constrained …

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How About Let’s Not Re-Engineer The Planet, Or Maybe Let’s?

Scientists consider all the awesome, sci-fi ways we might change the environment to stop climate change and decide it’s not a great idea—mostly. Of all the responses to climate change that involve actually doing something to stop it, the idea of geoengineering is the most radical—fixing the climate by tinkering with …

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The State of Planet Declaration

Planet Under Pressure 2012 was the largest gathering of global change scientists leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) with a total of 3,018 delegates at the conference venue and over 3,500 that attended virtually via live webstreaming. The Plenary sessions and the Daily Planet news …

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