The UNESCO Courier (April-June 2018)

26 April 2018

Welcome to the Anthropocene!

Anthropocene, Technosphere, Great Acceleration, Sixth Extinction a lot is being written about these ideas, both in the press and in scientific literature. But what exactly do these terms mean? To begin with, what precisely is the Anthropocene? What are the scientific, ethical and political implications of this hotly debated concept? The term anthropo for human, and cene for new was coined at the end of the twentieth century with the view to label a new geological epoch which we may have entered, following significant changes to Earths ecosystem as a result of human activity.

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