Everything you ever wanted to know about the Anthropocene

Posted by pt91 at Feb 03, 2011 04:00 PM |
Afraid to ask? Two University of Leicester geologists have compiled and edited a theme issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, so you don’t have to.

We’ve previously reported on Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams’ support for the addition of a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – to reflect mankind’s impact on the natural world. This special issue from one of the world’s most prestigious learned societies collects studies from almost 70 scientists on various aspects of this new epoch and what we can expect from it.

The authors contend that recent human activity, including stunning population growth, sprawling megacities and increased use of fossil fuels, have changed the planet to such an extent that we are entering what they call the Anthropocene (New Man) Epoch.

The issue is published as ‘The Anthropocene: a new epoch of geological time?’ compiled and edited by Mark Williams, Jan Zalasiewicz, Alan Haywood and Mike Ellis. You can even read the full issue online for free.

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