Occasionally a paper comes across our desk which warrants further attention. “The Anthropocene Equation” is one of those papers. The anthropocene is the current anthropological and geological epoch which we are currently living in. It is in essence an epoch where in which all change on earth is driven by human activity. This paper by Owen Gaffney and Will Steffen dilutes this idea into a simple mathematical form. It is important for our readers to understand the context and backdrop our work has within the global system, not just the political one. Read the article here.