Six out of nine planetary systems key to the survival of the human species are under threat. Is Earth still a safe operating space for human beings? And, a mega-engineering project to save an endangered African lake — on the drawing board, and very worrisome.
Six out of nine planetary systems key to the survival of the human species have been compromised, breaching the estimated boundaries of Earth system stability and resilience and pushing it “well outside of the safe operating space for humanity.” The GPM spoke with Katherine Richardson, lead author of “Earth beyond six of nine planetary boundaries.”
Feed your head, Grace Slick cried in the song ‘White Rabbit’. How about feeding the bacteria in your gut? Beer won’t make you smart, or healthy. How about wine, casked, matured and sold at your local hospital? And, recalling the Birmingham Campaign for civil rights, and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, sixty years ago.
The Anthropocene defined — geologically. I speak with Jan Zalasiewicz about the history and work of the Anthropocene Working Group. Zalasiewicz was its first chair.
Uranium mining in Niger. It’s a filthy but profitable business — profitable for French extractors and Nigerien elites; filthy for Nigerien mine workers and mining communities.
Long debunked: the mythology of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Out of the mushroom clouds, nuclearism’s dark expanding circle. And, the world’s latest new weapon: killer robots. No immediate danger.
Bacteria in your gut tweak your brain. Sometimes friendly, sometimes not. The hundred-day genocide in Rwanda — recalling the mayhem on its 29th anniversary. And, armed drones. Canada wants to buy some.
Artificial Intelligence: existential threat to humanity, or just to basic civil rights? Personal DNA testing – you never know what you’ll find. And, Forever Chemicals in the blood of pregnant mums and their babies.
After years of study, a scientific panel proposes a formal definition of the Anthropocene, naming the spot where humanity’s fingerprints are best observed in the rock record. A Canadian geologist relishes the moment. And, a First Nations elder reflects on the lake of her dreams and memories.
Nothing woolly-headed or Utopian about it: A universal, guaranteed basic income. A hundred years later, memories of war that do not fade. And, one of humanity’s great revolutions – the 1950s Great Acceleration has transformed Earth’s surface completely, hurtling our planet into an uncertain future.
Humanity’s impact on Planet Earth has a name: the Anthropocene. The start of Earth’s human age can be pinpointed in ice and biological cores, and the bottom sediments of bays and lakes — including a small lake in southern Ontario. But human beings have no control. And now we stand at catastrophe’s door.
Powerful new antibiotics discovered using artificial intelligence. Sitting in a restaurant, staring at a piece of fish — Is it really that expensive kind? Pull out your DNA barcode reader, and find out! And, sex and the brain; women’s and men’s are wired differently; men’s brains are sexualized before they’re born.
Underground fungal networks, pulsating with nutrients; storing mountains of carbon. On Lebanese hilltops, ancient cedars grow, against all odds. And, looking back at a cosmic event of colossal proportions, that rippled space-time.
Do Animals Dance? features a couple of tunes by a guy named Shawn O’Halloran, talented singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario, who passed away long before his time, back in 2019. Animals Like to Dance is one of fourteen songs Shawn wrote for The Earth Chronicles, on commission — all amazingly well written; clever lyrics, and well performed, accompanied by veteran Hamilton-area percussionist, Paul Panchezak.
The connections between America’s permanent war economy, its military-industrial complex and climate system breakdown are the subject of a campaign by US-antiwar group CODEPINK. The GPM talks about militarism and Earth’s rising climate crisis with CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin.
The roots of the US anti-abortion movement — misogyny, racism and hatred of immigrants. On the edge of a big Canadian city, an oasis of calm where wildlife thrives. And, the latest report from the World Meteorological Organization; its lead author is scared.
With Spring just begun in the northern hemisphere, wildfires now spread from British Columbia across to the Canadian province of Alberta, and across Central and eastern Russia, a leading European climate agency reports. The GPM speaks with Greenpeace energy strategist Keith Stewart.
Young Israelis who refuse to serve in the military. And, as climate catastrophe sweeps the planet, in the Swedish city, Goteborg, engineers and students are designing the sort of building where people can live – comfortably — without squandering Earth’s limited resources, or polluting its atmosphere
Drug-resistant infections – the new pandemic? And, a tangled network of tiny tubes, pulsating beneath our feet. Fungal networks below ground sustain life above.