A planet transformed by humanity

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. This film opened the UN's Rio+20 summit, the largest event in the UN's history.

Water in the Anthropocene

Humans are altering the global water cycle through damming, agriculture and carbon emissions. This 3-minute film charts the scale of change.

An Urbanizing Planet

Over half the human population now live in cities, and they are growing rapidly. In 3 minutes, actor Edward Norton explores life on an urbanized planet. Produced for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Climate Change

Climate change is a profound consequence of humanity's impact. This 4-minute data visualization takes a tour of the key findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2013 report.

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