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Human-Driven Changes Have Irrevocably Affected The Earth, But It's Not All Bad News

Berlyn Brixner
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Trinity nuclear test in 1945 has been proposed as the start of the Anthropocene.

The Anthropocene isn’t officially recognized as a geological epoch, but some scientists believe it’s necessary to mark the ways that humans have affected Earth’s geology and ecosystems -- starting with the Great Acceleration prompted by a nuclear blast test in New Mexico in 1945.

Credit Courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Nicole Heller

Nicole Heller, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's new curator of the Anthropocene, says she wants to tell that distinctly human story into the modern age.

Elsewhere in the program, Rich Lord of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette delves into the story of an ethical conundrum surrounding city leaders and city-owned property. Catch up on his latest with colleague Kate Giammarise here.

Education reporter Mary Niederberger discuses her "Failing the Future" series for PublicSource exploring deeply embedded funding disparities in Pennsylvania's public schools.

And 90.5 WESA's Reid Frazier explains the latest on a gas pipeline explosion in Beaver County.

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Megan Harris is a writer, editor, photographer and curator for Pittsburgh's NPR News station. She leads editorial coverage for The Confluence, 90.5 WESA's live, one-hour, daily morning news show.
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