Anthropocene

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Anthropocene (ænˈθrɒpəˌsiːn)
 
n
the Anthropocene a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment
 
[C21: from anthropo- and -cene, coined by Paul Crutzen (born 1933), Nobel-winning Dutch chemist]

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Main Entry:  Anthropocene
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a term used to describe the current geological period, starting from the 18th century when human activities began to impact global climate and ecosystems
Example:  Earth has entered the Anthropocene.
Etymology:  2000 by chemist Paul Crutzen; Gk anthropos 'human' and kainos 'recent'
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