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Existential Friday: Climate Change, Smallpox and Mastodons

Mauricio_AntónToday, we are channeling filmmaker P.T. Anderson, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and British sociologist Anthony Giddens, to talk about uncertainty and interconnectedness. Why not? It’s Friday, we like P.T Anderson movies, we find Rumsfeld strangely oddly fascinating, and Giddens is great. (more…)

The End of the Holocene Complacency? Welcome to the Anthropocene.

United States Geological SurveyGeologists categorize the last geologic epoch of the Earth’s history, beginning around 12,000 years ago with the end of the last Ice Age, as the “Holocene.” A key characteristic of this epoch has been a relatively stable climate. All of human civilization evolved during this epoch. For thousands of years throughout the Holocene humans migrated, sought and grew food, fought wars, constructed and demolished empires, developed technologies. (more…)