The term anthropocene designates a new geological era, in which human activity, defined by the acceleration in technical innovation, has become central. This era began with the industrial revolution before gradually imposing itself over the 20th century as the use of fossil energies – namely petrol, gas and coal – was generalized throughout societies.

Can a Technofix Save the Planet?

By Clive Hamilton April 2014

We have reached the end of the epoch of climate stability that allowed human civilisation to flourish, and the end of the era of ‘progress’. Like an angry beast woken from a long slumber, climate instability is dangerous and resists efforts to control it. What if there were a magic bullet to fix our ailing […]

Human Destiny in the Anthropocene

By Clive Hamilton April 2014

In all previous instances, transitions from one division to the next in the geological time scale came about because the great forces of Nature came together in a particular way, but always unconsciously and unintentionally. In the Anthropocene, the “human imprint on the global environment has now become so large and active that it rivals […]

Anthropocene: A Prehistory

Seminar of the 21th June 2013 by Kim Pasche & Vincent Pierré June 2013

Translation will soon be available

Remake the City, Take Back the Commons

Seminar of the 18th of January 2013 by Christophe Laurens January 2013

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Which History for the Anthropocene?

Seminar of the 26 of October 2012 by Christophe Bonneuil October 2012

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The Anthropocene: Historical and Scientific Context

Seminar of the 11th of May 2012 by Jacques Grinevald May 2012

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Entropy

The Mortal Illness of the Anthropocene

For the last four and a half billion years, life on Earth has evolved according to rhythms whose slowness is only matched by the speed of today’s industrial processes. In the immensity of time, eons, eras, periods overlap in immense temporal ellipses, punctuated by cosmic accidents, alternations of global warming and ice ages. For stratigraphors*, […]

The Red Queen Syndrome

Seminar of the 6th of April 2012 by François Roddier April 2012

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The Limits of Circular Economy: the Issue of Metals

Seminar of the 16th of December 2011 by Philippe Bihouix December 2011

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In the gut of the world espresso machine

October 2011

Only the most obtuse of enviro-sceptics still deny the risk of environmental collapse that haunts our societies. From the current climate change to the sixth mass extinction, via the extinction of fossil fuels and metals, widespread pollution and the destruction of arable land (by erosion and artificialization), all lights are now flashing red. Positive retroaction […]

Fukushima or the end of the Anthropocene

The tsunami that hit north-east Japan and the consecutive explosions in the Fukushima nuclear power plant constitute an implacable whole – an interconnectedness of human, geological and psychical catastrophes. The interlocking of natural elements with industrial objects has made our planet an open-air laboratory. There is no longer anywhere on earth that escapes this experimentation. […]