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The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of Nature?

Steffen, Will; Crutzen, Paul J; McNeill, John R

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We explore the development of the Anthropocene, the current epoch in which humans and our societies have become a global geophysical force. The Anthropocene began around 1800 with the onset of industrialization, the central feature of which was the enormous expansion in the use of fossil fuels. We use atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration as a single, simple indicator to track the progression of the Anthropocene. From a preindustrial value of 270-275 ppm, atmospheric carbon dioxide had risen...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/29029
Source: AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
DOI: 10.1579/0044-7447(2007)36[614:TAAHNO]2.0.CO;2

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