Archaeology for the Anthropocene

The word ‘archaeology’ conjures one of the greatest opening scenes in film history: a whip-toting Westerner sprinting through an abandoned temple in the South American jungle, leaping across bottomless pits, sliding under closing doors, evading a massive boulder – all in the line of archaeological duty to retrieve a golden idol. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this picture … Continue reading Archaeology for the Anthropocene

Weather check: Paul Crutzen

Paul Crutzen, Nobel laureate and one of the world’s most distinguished climate scientists, died on 28 January 2021, at a hospital in Mainz, Germany, following several years of illness. He was 87. Crutzen shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Mario Molina and F. Sherwood Rowland, “for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly concerning the formation … Continue reading Weather check: Paul Crutzen

Anthropocene: Lessons from the past

The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points for climate change, biodiversity and survival. To address these ills, scientists say we can learn valuable lessons from the past. “As our planet emerges into a new epoch in which humans dominate the Earth system, it is imperative that societies … Continue reading Anthropocene: Lessons from the past