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Welcome to the Anthropocene

Welcome to the Anthropocene
What is the Anthropocene? We're living in the Anthropocene. A growing number of scientists now say we are living in a new geological epoch — the Anthropocene. We're changing Earth's life support system. Welcome to the Anthropocene A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years from the start of the Industrial Revolution to today.

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52 Of The Most Common Myths and Misconceptions Debunked In One Infographic Did you know that black belts do not indicate ninja-level mastery, adding only a sprinkle of salt to fresh water does not make it boil quicker, and that sharks do get cancer? These are all part of the myths and misconceptions infographic created by London-based author, data-journalist and information designer David McCandless. The chart is organized by colored topic (ie. orange for food and green for nature) and sized relative to its “virulence”—how many hits the question turns up on Google. David McCandless / Information is Beautiful To see all eighty myths and misconceptions, check out the infographic mega-tome Knowledge is Beautiful by David McCandless.

A Cartography of the Anthropocene The Anthropocene: A primer. The Anthropocene. We’re already there. This is our time, our creation, our challenge. Officially, this epoch does not exist. Yet. Fun with GPS! (part 1) My wife and I enjoy walking/hiking around our beautiful Cape Ann, as well as kayaking on the lakes, inlets, harbors, and even “ocean” (although we do stay very close to shore to see the rocks). I have always wanted to get some type of GPS (Global Positioning System) unit that would allow me to show, on a map, where we go. Additionally, I really like “dancing the dance” – accomplishing 6 or 7 errands to 6 or 7 different locations as quickly and efficiently as possible (a library or two, dump, paper recycling, Post Office, CVS, grocery store, etc), and I would love to see my tracks on a map when I’m done. Once upon a time I had an iPhone, and there was a great little app called Footsteps, but it used a lot of power from the iPhone, plus I traded it to my daughter last Christmas for her “not-smart” cell phone.

Mapping Open Data With Open GIS This post explores some cartographic features of QGIS while mapping the river network of Tirol, Austria. All data used is freely available. For the background, I downloaded NASA SRTM elevation data from CGIAR-CSI and created a hillshade using Terrain Analysis tools in QGIS 1.8. To emphasize both state borders and the fact that Tirol consists of two separate areas, I created a mask using the Difference tool and styled it a transparent white. The river network is too dense to label all rivers on an A4 map.

DN! Guests Neela Banerjee Washington-based reporter for the Pulitzer Prize-winning InsideClimate News. Her latest exposé is titled "Exxon’s Oil Industry Peers Knew About Climate Dangers in the 1970s, Too." This is viewer supported news Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene Jeffery DelViscio The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. To see the full article, subscribe here. Civilizations have marched blindly toward disaster because humans are wired to believe that tomorrow will be much like today. Every day I went out on mission in Iraq, I looked down the barrel of the future and saw a dark, empty hole.

Rhus - Open Source Mobile GIS for Community Ecology Several months ago we were inspired to start building an open source mobile GIS platform for community ecology, and want to share the current state of our work. We knew that there were a lot of applications out there for creating geo-tagged imagery and uploading to social media, but we wanted something that was more geared towards citizen science data collection. We saw the main goals as being offline usability, geo-spatial queries, open source customization, and visualizing change over time. For community projects, it's also important to have seamless integration between mobile apps and a community website to facilitate social data collection. Rhus consists of open source projects for iPhone, Android, and Web (see for sources_ which all sync transparently and don't require continuous wifi access.

Polar wildlife under threat as ice melts and makes seas brighter AND then there was light. As ice disappears from the Arctic, the waters below are changing – in ways that until now have mostly been overlooked. Light, once blocked by thick ice, is now penetrating deeper than ever before – and it will have a huge impact on Arctic ecosystems. The effect of warming on ice and sea level have been studied extensively. Until now, the effect of light on the Arctic had not been explored. Apple, Google, 3D and GIS The next few days mark an interesting time in the geospatial industry. As geo-guru Peter Batty noted, rarely do a couple of the world’s largest companies put maps at the forefront of their competitive strategy like they are this week. (“Finally, maps are relevant!”) Earlier in the week, well-placed rumors were headlining that as part of Apple’s WWDC next week, it would announce the dismissal of Google Maps as well as introduce a new concept in 3D mapping for mobile.

The Anthropocene Debate: Marking Humanity’s Impact by Elizabeth 17 May 2010: Analysis by elizabeth kolbert The Holocene — or “wholly recent” epoch — is what geologists call the 11,000 years or so since the end of the last ice age. As epochs go, the Holocene is barely out of diapers; its immediate predecessor, the Pleistocene, lasted more than two million years, while many earlier epochs, like the Eocene, went on for more than 20 million years. Still, the Holocene may be done for.

10 GIS and GeoTech Mapping apps for the iPhone Power User There’s a number of fine mobile location aware mapping and “Geo” apps available for the hardcore, mobile Geo enthusiast and GeoGeek… I’ve plugged a number of these apps over the years and here’s a reminder of just a few of the fine apps available for you iOS fans. And so, 10+1 GIS and Mapping apps for the iPhone: – Geospatial PDF reader for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch . PDF Maps is the first application of its kind designed specifically for using geographically-aware PDF files on portable devices and opens the door to allowing any map to be GPS-aware.