Stumbling Into the Anthropocene

Unless Earth is suddenly invaded by hordes of malevolent aliens, the largest survival challenge facing our species now is anthropogenic carbonization (AC), a term that encompasses not only global warming but also the many other climatic and ecological effects of humanity's massive over-indulgence in fossil fuels and our unrelenting war on the forests of this planet.  There are other significant existential risks that we face, notably the possibility of nuclear war, but AC is the challenge that is by far the most likely to threaten the continued existence of our complex global civilization and quite possibly our species itself. 

Strong language indeed.  Here I will post pointers to reliable information substantiating this apparently extreme claim, and explore constructive responses to the fact that our species has stumbled into a new geological epoch of its own careless making. 

On February 16, 2017, I gave a 'Public Professor' talk entitled "Alberta in the Anthropocene." One of the purposes of this page is to provide resources for those who wish to dig deeper into the background of some of the issues I raise in the talk.

"Getting Negative About Emissions."   Given (via Zoom) at the Centre de Récherche en Éthique (CRÉ), Université de Montréal, November 30, 2021.

Most recent update, November 30, 2021.

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