Geology and the Anthropocene

Zalasiewicz, Jan; Waters, Colin N.. 2016 Geology and the Anthropocene. Antiquity, 90 (350). 512-514.

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It is useful to have Todd Braje's perspective on the Anthropocene. As he states, it is a concept that has spread widely and that has had various interpretations (within not just the sciences, but the arts and humanities too) in the 15 years since Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer proposed the term (Crutzen & Stoermer 2000). Various suggestions are made in Braje's paper: perhaps foremost is that the Anthropocene should be retained as a loosely defined term to focus on the nature and effect of human activities, to be a ‘rallying cry’ for better planetary stewardship. He suggests, indeed, that precise characterisation and formalisation as a stratigraphic unit may hinder such use, causing (for instance) all humans—rather than specific socio-economic groups—to be held equally responsible for the degradation of planetary systems.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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ISSN: 0003-598X
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 13 Apr 2016 12:59 +0 (UTC)

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