Montag, 24. Januar 2011
A decade ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Crutzen first suggested we were living in the â€śAnthropocene,â€ť a new geological epoch in which humans had altered the planet. Now, in an article for Yale Environment 360, Crutzen and a coauthor explain why adopting this term could help transform the perception of our role as stewards of the Earth.>
By Paul J. Crutzen and Christian SchwĂ¤gerl
Itâ€™s a pity weâ€™re still officially living in an age called the Holocene. The Anthropocene â€” human dominance of biological, chemical and geological processes on Earth â€” is already an undeniable reality. Evidence is mounting that the name change suggested by one of us more than ten years ago is overdue. It may still take some time for the scientific body in charge of naming big stretches of time in Earthâ€™s history, the International Commission on Stratigraphy, to make up its mind about this name change. But that shouldnâ€™t stop us from seeing and learning what it means to live in this new Anthropocene epoch, on a planet that is being anthroposized at high speed. Weiterlesen...
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