Eco Speak: Anthropocene

Anthropocene \an•thruh•puh•seen\ n. (adj.) A new geologic age in Earth’s history, as suggested by a group of UK geologists. They believe humans have altered the Earth’s environment and climate so much that we’ve ended the Holocene period, which began after the last ice age some 10,000 years ago, and entered a new epoch—the Anthropocene.

Sample usage: “Dr von Ludwig, what is this huge, shiny metal thing?” “Well, young lad, that’s an Anthropocene-era wind turbine, a device made to try to undo the damage humans wrought on the planet.”

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