Anthropocene

Anthropocene magazine, published by Future Earth,  gathers the worlds’ best minds to explore how we might create a Human Age that we actually want to live in. 


Authors published under this byline include:

Berly McCoy is a freelance science writer and media producer based in Northwest Montana covering biology, chemistry, food and the environment. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, PBS NewsHour, NPR, Hakai and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter at @travlinscientst.

Emma Bryce is a journalist based in London. As well as Anthropocene, her work has appeared in The Guardian, Wired Magazine UK, Audubon Magazine, The New York Times, Ensia, and Yale e360.

Prachi Patel is a Pittsburgh-based freelance journalist who writes about energy, materials science, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and computing. Writes for Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, Chemical & Engineering News, and MRS Bulletin. Find her at www.lekh.org.

Sarah DeWeerdt is a Seattle-based freelance science journalist specializing in biology, medicine, and the environment. In addition to Anthropocene, her work has appeared in Nature, Newsweek, Nautilus, Spectrum, and many other publications. Find her on Twitter at @DeWeerdt_Sarah.

Recent Work

Think Reusable Straws, Wraps, and Cups are Always Better for the Environment? Think Again.
Environment
Think Reusable Straws, Wraps, and Cups are Always Better for the Environment? Think Again.
July 20, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Single-use straws and forks, plastic sandwich bags and wraps, and disposable cups can all wreak havoc on the environment. Many consumers are switching from these products to reusable alternatives with the assumption that these products are... Read More

Plant-Based Plastic Cutlery Rarely Gets Composted. This Advance Could Give it a new Purpose.
Science
Plant-Based Plastic Cutlery Rarely Gets Composted. This Advance Could Give it a new Purpose.
July 13, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Using compostable forks and spoons might soothe an environmentalist’s soul, but the reality is that most of this cutlery ends up in landfills, where it sits around just like conventional petroleum-based plastics. Researchers have now found... Read More

Marine Ecosystems Rebound From Extinctions Quicker Than We Thought
In The News
Marine Ecosystems Rebound From Extinctions Quicker Than We Thought
June 30, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Berly McCoy and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Approximately 66 million years ago, a mass extinction event wiped out the majority of all species on Earth, including most of the marine plankton species, organisms that help regulate carbon dioxide partitioning from the atmosphere. But... Read More

Turning Off Half of City Lights at Night Could Cut Bird Mortality by Up To 60 Percent
In The News
Turning Off Half of City Lights at Night Could Cut Bird Mortality by Up To 60 Percent
June 29, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Berly McCoy and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Like an insect attracted to a bug zapper, artificial light is harming migratory birds by throwing them off course and causing deadly collisions. Now, a new study highlights just how beneficial switching off the lights can... Read More

Cities Have a Green Infrastructure Blind Spot
Infrastructure
Cities Have a Green Infrastructure Blind Spot
June 22, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Sara DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Green infrastructure has a lot of benefits: nature can improve people’s mental and physical health; vegetation helps reduce building energy use by providing insulation and cooling; and plants and soils store carbon. The... Read More

Giving Wallabies a ‘Head Start’ From Feral Cats Doubled Their Population
Science
Giving Wallabies a ‘Head Start’ From Feral Cats Doubled Their Population
June 15, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Conservationists working to protect endangered animals often struggle with protecting the most vulnerable from predation. But instead of working to decrease predator numbers, one research group studying endangered wallabies has shown that temporarily... Read More

Researchers Repurpose a Medical Tool to Expose Seafood Fraud
Science
Researchers Repurpose a Medical Tool to Expose Seafood Fraud
June 8, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Researchers have discovered that a medical device used to detect cancer in humans can also be employed to detect mislabeled seafood, and other meats—with 100% accuracy. The device, which can identify the species... Read More

Here’s Something to Chew on: Researchers Turn Food Scraps Into Materials Stronger Than Concrete
In The News
Here’s Something to Chew on: Researchers Turn Food Scraps Into Materials Stronger Than Concrete
May 27, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Why compost food scraps when you can make concrete with them? It’s not quite that simple, but researchers have found a way to turn fruit and vegetable scraps into tough building materials that... Read More

Researchers Experiment With “Morphing” Food to Enable More Sustainable Packaging. Behold, Flat-packed 3D Pasta
Science
Researchers Experiment With “Morphing” Food to Enable More Sustainable Packaging. Behold, Flat-packed 3D Pasta
May 25, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. From conch-shaped pasta shells and the jaunty bow ties of farfalle, pasta in its various forms has become a culinary staple in millions of homes. But its creative 3D shapes also make this... Read More

The World Needs a Standard Tool to Compare Species Conservation Efforts. An International Team Just Built One.
Environment
The World Needs a Standard Tool to Compare Species Conservation Efforts. An International Team Just Built One.
May 18, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Berly McCoy and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. In 2010, the Convention on Biodiversity proposed a list of 20 targets aimed at preserving global biodiversity—from increasing public awareness to preventing species extinctions. The targets were part of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020.... Read More

A Lot of People May Be Willing to Loosen Their Purse Strings to Subsidize Greener Farming
In The News
A Lot of People May Be Willing to Loosen Their Purse Strings to Subsidize Greener Farming
May 4, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Emma Bryce and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. What would you be willing to pay, to ensure your food came from a farm that doubled up to protect biodiversity and mitigate climate change? That’s the question a group of researchers recently... Read More

An Ingenious Off-grid Water Purifier Inspired by Pufferfish Runs on Nothing But Sunlight
Science
An Ingenious Off-grid Water Purifier Inspired by Pufferfish Runs on Nothing But Sunlight
April 27, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Clean water is already a scant resource in many parts of the world, and this scarcity is slated to worsen with climate change. In a new study, researchers report a simple, sustainable technology... Read More

In the Sustainability Race, the Olympic Games are Lagging Behind
In The News
In the Sustainability Race, the Olympic Games are Lagging Behind
April 20, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Sarah DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. The Olympic Games are supposed to be a shining example of sustainability: host cities sign contracts that promise a sustainable event and the International Olympic Committee talks up sustainability in its strategic plans.... Read More

To Pay for Green Infrastructure, Cities are Turning Stormwater Into an Economic Resource
In The News
To Pay for Green Infrastructure, Cities are Turning Stormwater Into an Economic Resource
April 13, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Sarah DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Stormwater is a big problem for cities—and a growing one. Lots of urban surface area is impermeable, so stormwater can’t sink into the ground but instead flows through the city. Meanwhile, climate change... Read More

Researchers Turn Used Coffee Grounds Into Biodegradable Plastic
Science
Researchers Turn Used Coffee Grounds Into Biodegradable Plastic
April 9, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Prachi Patel and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. The world drinks a whole lot of coffee. And in the process produces over six million tons of coffee grounds, according to the International Coffee Organization. And much of that ends up in... Read More

Carbon Labeling of Food Shifts People’s Behavior—Even Among Those Actively Trying to Avoid Information
Science
Carbon Labeling of Food Shifts People’s Behavior—Even Among Those Actively Trying to Avoid Information
April 6, 2021
by Anthropocene

This article is by Sarah DeWeerdt and was originally published by Anthropocene magazine. Carbon footprint labels cause people to choose meat products with 25% lower climate impact, according to a study of hypothetical purchasing decisions conducted in Sweden. The study lends support to an emerging strategy... Read More

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