Emerging infectious disease in the Anthropocene

Biological anthropologist James Holland Jones explains how diseases typically spread from animal to human populations and how that might change as our planet continues to warm.  He also discusses how we might prevent future epidemics with limited vaccines by looking to community structure and identifying the key bridge populations.  Without getting too apocalyptic… ok fine, getting a little apocalyptic… Jones also looks to diseases of the past to pick the one that is most likely to be a serious problem in the future, hemorrhagic fever hopefully not included.  Hypochondriacs beware, it’s all infectious disease on this episode of Generation Anthropocene!

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Yogurt & the apocalypse: The narratives of environmentalism

Literary critic Ursula Heise discusses the construction of environmental & earth science narratives, the origins and perhaps misuse of apocalyptic environmental stories, and some of the ways she hopes environmental discourse proceeds in the Anthropocene – a term she finds deeply intriguing.

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Heading to Hell in a handbasket

Paul Ehrlich returns to his seminal work “The Population Bomb” to discuss cultural v. technological evolution, discusses his recent work with the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB), and speaks to the nature of environmental rhetoric.

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