Disease ecologist James Holland Jones talks about the Black Death, “suspended snot,” and the power of what Obi-Wan Kenobi once called a “wretched hive of scum and villainy" in spreading global pandemics.
Geophysicist Mark Zoback says natural gas squeezed from shale can be a crucial and clean(ish) short-term energy fix -- if we’re careful about how we get it.
Everything you need to know about the Age of Man in just five – OK, seven, minutes.
Biologist Peter Kareiva says conservationists are too focused on restoring pristine nature. Instead, he says, they need to think about creating a future we can all live with.
Stanford biology professor Peter Vitousek says that our population bomb doesn't need to cause an all-out apocalypse.
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.
Scientist-turned-legal scholar Michael Wara says we need to stop looking for the silver bullet and start taking smart, small steps toward change.
In an age of global warming and mass extinction, the fight to save the whales seems quaint. But the whales are still in trouble -- and one scientist thinks she’s found a way to save them.
Eco-critic Ursula Heise talks about the tired stories we tell about the planet, and suggests that we find some new ones.
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