The Anthropocene is an informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth's ecosystems. The term was coined recently by ecologist Eugene F. Stoermer, and has been widely popularized by the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist, Paul Crutzen, who regards the influence of human behavior on the Earth's atmosphere in recent centuries as so significant as to constitute a new geological epoch for its lithosphere. To date, the term has not been adopted as part of the official nomenclature of the geological field of study.
A while ago, several geologists started wondering if the impact humanity is having on Earth isn’t so big, that despite its relatively short duration, we should consider living in a distinct geological era marked by this impact – the Anthropocene. Of course, aside from supporters, there were those who only gave a condescending smile or [...]