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Defining the Anthropocene
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Defining Anthropocene's start proves challenging

Geologists debate the official start of the Anthropocene, a term describing human impact on the planet, amidst scientific disagreement on its epoch or event classification.

Richard Fisher reports for the BBC.

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Beyond climate: Oil, gas and coal are destabilizing all 9 planetary boundaries

Fossil fuels have done great good for humanity, but they are now not only threatening our planet’s climate, but also taking a terrible toll on the global environment, putting at risk Earth systems vital to life as we know it. Part 1 of a three-part miniseries.
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Overconsumption: Germany needs 3 planets

On May 4, Germany exhausted its capacity to sustain itself. This "earth overshoot" will be compensated by taking finite resources from poorer countries — and future generations.
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Will Steffen, climate scientist who warned of a ‘Hothouse Earth,’ dies at 75

The scientist had advocated for official recognition of the Anthropocene epoch and warned of a "Hothouse Earth" of devastating, unstoppable climate change.
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Japan’s example: Can forest planting reduce climate disaster risk?

In disaster-prone Japan, torrential rains exacerbated by the climate crisis have caused serious flooding and landslides in recent years, including in the country’s many forests.

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Counterintuitive: Large wild herbivores may help slow climate change

In contrast to their reputation, big plant eaters such as elephants that disturb forest and grassland vegetation could help curb climate change.
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Animating the Carbon Cycle: Earth’s animals vital allies in CO2 storage

Wildlife — as big as elephants and as small as spiders — are important players in the carbon cycle, and scientists say that supercharging ecosystems with animals could enhance terrestrial and marine carbon sinks.