Generation Anthropocene

The coming plague: How humans are changing the landscape of disease

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.

Fracking and the road to a clean energy future

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.

The Anthropocene explained, game-show style [AUDIO]

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

Contrarian conservationist: Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist riles old-school greens

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.

Feed 9 billion people? We can do that, but it’s not going to be pretty

Stanford biology professor Peter Vitousek says that our population bomb doesn't need to cause an all-out apocalypse.

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.

In the climate struggle, a hunt for realistic solutions

Scientist-turned-legal scholar Michael Wara says we need to stop looking for the silver bullet and start taking smart, small steps toward change.

Whales for sale: How cap-and-trade could finally save Flipper

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.

Nature, revised: In a brave new world, we write the rules

Eco-critic Ursula Heise talks about the tired stories we tell about the planet, and suggests that we find some new ones.