Human Impact Map of Earth

This visualization of Earth—made by anthropologist Félix Pharand—shows urban areas, shipping routes, global roads and air networks. It gives a very good idea on how big our species' physical impact on the planet really is.

So big, in fact, that scientists are thinking about starting a new geological era: The Anthropocene. Read more and see the "big" picture at, click here.

Events & Articles

Dubuque Food & Wine on the River

Posted By Mike Ironside on October 30, 2014

November 7–9

Port of Dubuque

Once we get past that initial shock of the cool weather which signals the changing seasons, autumn certainly has its charms. While it might be any number of pumpkin spice-scented or flavored things for some, for many it’s crisp fall days, beautiful autumn colors and a sudden urge to fire up the stove in the kitchen. Yes, autumn is a great time to eat, whether it’s a big pot of soup on the stove, a chicken roasted to perfection in the oven, or dinner out on the town. For wine lovers, it’s also a great time to try some hearty reds or find the wine that pairs perfectly with whatever is on the menu for the evening. So the timing really couldn’t be any better for the celebration known as Dubuque Food & Wine on the River.

Live Music Features

Posted on October 10, 2014

Discover more about musicians coming to the area!

Halloween for Adults

Posted on October 09, 2014

Two big nights of Halloween this year. Here's what's shakin' on your boots...

Halloween for Families

Posted on October 09, 2014

Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults alike.  Here is a whole grab bag of fun-sized events for the whole family, from now through the end of the month.

Gary Olsen: There Are Places I Remember

Posted By Bryce Parks on September 30, 2014

You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone in Dubuque who has more successfully balanced a creative existence between fine art and graphic design than Gary Olsen. In many ways, the lines are blurred, with many of his best artistic works coming growing out of commissions or charitable purposes and many of his finest commercial design pieces being worthy of framing themselves. It’s pretty difficult to engage actively in the Dubuque community and not encounter a Gary Olsen original design, whether it be a painting hanging in a business or a friends home, or a logo on the side of a vehicle or on a t-shirt. He’s painted, drawn, filmed and crafted his life into the canvas of Dubuque, which is only appropriate as the works he’s created for his latest show are a literal reflection of this community on which he’s made such an impact.