Must the Anthropocene be a “Manthropocene”?

Kate Raworth wrote a piece for the Guardian that calls attention to the extreme gender bias of the Anthropocene Working Group, which recently convened in Berlin. In the article, she provides a useful map that illustrates both the gender and country of origin of those who make up the group – the vast majority are men residing in Europe and Eastern North America.

Climate Change Rally in Muncie

Here are photos from today’s rally in Muncie, which called for action on climate change. Rallies were held all over the world to place pressure on global leaders who are meeting in New York this Tuesday for the United Nations Climate Summit. In New York City alone, as many as 400,000 people took to the streets.

The Anthropocene: A View from the Humanities

This year, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at University of California-Santa Barbara is hosting a seminar series on the Anthropocene. Among the many speakers included will be Andrew Revkin from the New York Times. I will also be giving two talks. The first talk, which is titled Into the Bowels of the Anthropocene: Excrement and the Current Ecological Crisis, will be held on Thursday, November 20th. The second talk, The Problems with the Anthropocene: A View from Amazonia, will be held the following evening.

Soil Health Underwear Test

“Men’s cotton briefs can serve the needs of science when buried in a field for a few weeks. It’s a takeoff on an agronomy soil test that uses cotton swatches to measure carbon consumption by microbes. Microbes living in soil with plenty of carbon, rich in organic matter to turn into energy, don’t have to eat the cotton. Bacteria in carbon-poor soil will eat what they can scavenge.” Read more here

The Hub Community Garden Featured in the Star Press

Today the Hub Community Garden was featured on the front page of the Muncie Star Press. The project, which grew out of collaboration between students from Ball State University and local business owner Hans Heintzelman, is designed to encourage the development of green space in downtown Muncie and serve as a potential model for the community.

U.S. National Climate Assessment Released

The Third U.S. National Climate Assessment was released by the White House today. It provides an overview of the effects of climate change on a range of issues from agriculture and the oceans to human health and infrastructure. In a related note, the prominent climate scientist Michael Mann published an op-ed today in The Guardian today, reporting that Keystone XL pipeline project will likely fail to pass in the U.S. Senate based on the current estimate of votes. This should be a major victory for those who have opposed the pipeline project since its inception, especially Bill McKibben and 350.org. This could also represent a major turning point in U.S. politics with regards to climate change.