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Surviving the Anthropocene

For centuries, human civilization has impacted the world without any understanding of the consequences. If anything is going to survive what's coming next, it'll have to adapt. How did we get here? What could happen? What needs to change?

Should the age of humans have a geologic name?

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And how will Earth's history remember us?

Rebecca Dzombak, University of Michigan

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Wildfires in Canada are burning down forests of mushrooms

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Olivia Box, University of Vermont

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Inside the political deadlock of establishing Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean

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Politics and culture collide as signatories argue over preserving fisheries and meeting conservation objectives

Seth Sykora-Bodie, Duke University

The US-Mexico border is making life complicated for green sea turtles

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Tim Briggs, Northeastern University

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You're eating, drinking, and breathing microplastics. Now what?

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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There's no corner of the globe safe from microplastic pollution

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Rebecca Dzombak, University of Michigan

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Biodiversity loss is the very real end of the world and no one is acting like it

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Radical, wholesale change is needed right this second and cannot be delayed

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

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Warming oceans cast a chill over New England's sea turtles

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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How shadowy tax havens skirt conservation efforts

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Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University

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The UN reports humanity is failing its climate change goals

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No country on the planet is following the Paris Agreement's plan

Michael Graw, Oregon State University

Ancient plankton have climate data hidden in their shells

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Elisa Bonnin, University of Washington

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These corals love the warming oceans

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Gina Mantica, Tufts University

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Climate is getting more extreme in every possible way

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Coleman Harris, Vanderbilt University

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Our buildings could help reverse global warming, instead of being a major cause

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Concrete isn't going away anytime soon, but we can engineer it to store more carbon

Madison Sankovitz, University of California Riverside

After Hurricane Florence, North Carolina's water quality will go down the toilet

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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It looks like microbes can help clean up mining pollution

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Rose Jones, Bigelow Laboratory of Ocean Science

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Coal ash contains lead, arsenic, and mercury – and it's mostly unregulated

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Can science find solutions where policy lags before the damage deepens?

Laura Mast, Georgia Institute of Technology

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How farmers on the Great Plains are changing the local climate

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Ellen Stuart-Haëntjens, Virginia Commonwealth University

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Tropical rainforests may be near a tipping point beyond our control

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Michael Graw, Oregon State University

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Why don't Americans care about chemicals?

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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Climate change harms everyone's health. Yes, even yours.

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No one is safe from global increases in extreme weather, disease, and injury

Renee Salas, Massachusetts General Hospital

Can corals be saved? The key may be in their microbes

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Maite Ghazaleh Bucher, University of Georgia

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Low doses of contaminants, long ignored, can have vast consequences

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Anna Robuck, University of Rhode Island

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What does California's future look like? Scientists asked trees

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Daniel Ackerman, University of Minnesota

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Is light pollution changing how plants do – and don't – grow?

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Plants depend on cycles of light. Now, they're always on

Kylla Benes, Ecology

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Pollution and climate change hurt children most of all

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Renee Salas, Massachusetts General Hospital

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How Saharan dust can influence health all the way in Florida

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Maite Ghazaleh Bucher, University of Georgia

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What ancient corn farmers can teach us about engineering crops for climate change

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In the era of GMO crops, farmers can learn old lessons of diversity

Gabriela Serrato Marks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Life is evolving through a hurricane of human pollution

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Brittney Borowiec, McMaster University

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We know how to fight wildfires effectively. Why don't we do it?

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Michael Graw, Oregon State University

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What modern conservationists can learn from humanity's long history with rainforests

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There's a growing body of evidence that humans have been modifying tropical forests for over 40,000 years

Cassie Freund, Wake Forest University