I am glad to see some real science making its way onto Common Dreams - in particular to see Juan Cole coming up to speed, like Naomi Klein did a number of years ago.
This is what it will take, by the look of things - a growing realization by non-scientists of the pickle we are all in.
So congrats to Juan Cole - welcome to reality - climate-style.
Next - Juan Cole - try biodiversity on for size.
Perhaps a talk with Edward O. Wilson would enable you to write an article on Mr. Wilson’s suggestion - recommendation actually, that we NEED to preserve approximately half the Earth in as wild a state as possible, interconnected as much as possible, on both land and sea, to maintain ~ 80% of the biodiversity left, which has already been greatly diminished, especially perhaps amongst the mega-fauna - i.e., the keystone species at the top of the food chain, which are looking to be just as important as the base of the food chain, which is also threatened.
For me, a geologist, the Anthropocene began when we moved out of Africa some 50,000 to 65,000 years ago, destroying much of the mega-fauna in each place we colonized. This will show up in the rock record of the future, presuming there are any geologists left - although this is admittedly an academic point.
By then we will be either extinct, drastically reduced in numbers, or merged with machines.
Unless we can turn the corner, re-contact our natural selves and the natural world, and humbly, venture further into the solar system and recover some necessary resources there - and our passion for exploration, which has always been our forte, for better or for worse.