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Anthropocene

ˈanTHrəpəˌsēn

Noun

  • The current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

Adjective

  • Relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.
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Example Sentences

“The Anthropocene is marked by a dramatic increase in human activity and the subsequent impact on the planet.”

“The calendar might say 2022, but to geologists, we’re living in the Anthropocene.”

“Human activity is the main hallmark of the Anthropocene era.”

Word Origin

Greek, early 21st century

Why this word?

“Anthropocene,” from the Greek “anthropo” for “man,” and “cene” for “new,” was coined in the 1980s by biologist Eugene Stoermer and popularized in 2000 by atmospheric chemist and Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen. In 2016, a research group known as the Anthropocene Working Group determined that the Anthropocene Epoch started in 1950, coinciding with the Great Acceleration, an age marked by the continuous and dramatic surge of human activity.

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