Michael C. Osborne

Mike Osborne is a PhD student in Stanford's Earth and Environmental System Science program, where his research centers on using coral records to study past patterns of El Nino variability. He is creator of Generation Anthropocene.

Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses

In his new book "Overheated," Andrew Guzman looks at the realities of human survival in an age of climate catastrophe. It's not going to be pretty.

Are humans really the planet’s top dogs? Geologists will make the final call

Meet the scientists who have been charged with deciding whether humans have been so harmful to the Earth that we've kicked off a new geologic age.

How one small sentence kicked up a storm of climate controversy

In 1996, 12 words in an international climate report set off a firestorm. The man responsible for that sentence, Benjamin Santer, says things have never been the same.

Population growth and the road to total societal meltdown

A new documentary follows overpopulation experiments with rats to offer insight into our own dangerously crowded world. The bad news: Crowded rats got fat and happy -- and then they all died.

Michael Shellenberger to climate activists: It’s not the end of the world

The coauthor of "The Death of Environmentalism" talks about the Anthropocene, an era of big decisions, and why global warming isn't his greatest concern.

Climate change: The elephant in the dining room

Food security expert David Lobell says climate change is already throwing our food systems for a loop. To survive the coming decades, he says, we’re going to need all the tools at our disposal.

The Anthropocene explained, game-show style [AUDIO]

Everything you need to know about the Age of Man in just five – OK, seven, minutes.

Save the axolotl! Um, sure, but why?

Bears and sloths and salamanders are nifty and all, but do we really need to save every one of them? There’s a lot that needs saving, and frankly, we’re busy people. The Generation Anthropocene crew explores this tough question.

Generation Anthropocene: Students grapple with our global impact

Scientists say humans have become a geologic force on a massive scale, like an asteroid strike or an ice age. What do we do now?