Word of the day: Anthropocene

The ‘Anthropocene’ is a term increasingly used to define a new planetary era: one in which humans have become the dominant force shaping Earth’s bio-geophysical composition and processes.

Initially emerging in the earth sciences as the name for a proposed new geological epoch, the Anthropocene has been widely adopted across academia as a catch-all description of the overwhelming impact of human activity on the planet.

Key markers of human effects on the global planet eco-system are:

  1. Increasing average temperature
  2. Rise in the sea level
  3. Unprecedented rates of biodiversity loss and extinction
  4. Changing chemical composition of soils, oceans and atmosphere
  5. Effects of plastic pollution on marine and terrestrial processes


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