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Anthropocene Magazine Issue #5 – Relocate

Future Earth’s award-winning, independent Anthropocene Magazine has released its fifth issue, with the theme of ‘Relocate’ – exploring how climate change is reshaping our world.

Anthropocene’s latest issue explores the implications Earth’s inhabitants increasingly being on the move to escape growing impacts of climate change. Recognizing that the future will bring a geographically altered world, this issue explores potential responses to these shifts, alongside other related themes such as Emily Underwood’s article on reinventing air conditioners to Elizabeth Rush’s piece on how and when people will retreat from low-lying coastal areas.

In the first section of Issue #5, The Idea Watch, Brandon Keim looks ahead to 2050, painting a future in which we have avoided the worst zoonotic diseases yet to come. The script is flipped, and supermarket meat aisles and fast food joints carry more social stigma than bat-eating did decades earlier in 2020. Keim’s narrative paints a captivating picture of how the next thirty years might unfold, now that COVID-19 has exposed the glaring flaws within governance, systems of production, and more.

Seema Jayachandran’s piece “Rent, Don’t Buy,” featured in the issue’s Deep Dives section, probes the possibility that conservation policies become as dynamic as nature itself. What can Airbnb’s business model teach us about environmental conservation and nature reserves? What if instead of using a buy model for conserving land, we use a more dynamic rent model, turning an “either/or” into a “both”? 

Articles in Issue #5’s third section, Science Shorts, cover diverse topics from how coffee grounds can be turned into biodegradable plastic, to the unexpected agricultural benefits that come with reducing coal usage. Pieces question whether policies on carbon taxes have been backwards all along, and whether the glass of milk is half full or half empty in terms of carbon emissions from the dairy industry

Today, we are working against the clock to halt the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, while simultaneously adjusting to an increasingly unstable climate reality. While we are living through a time of great uncertainty and contradictions, this issue of Anthropocene argues that we must not shy away from imagining possible futures and the solutions they might bring.

Explore Issue #5 of Anthropocene here.