Anthropocene

«The Anthropocene defines Earth’s most recent geologic time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans.

The word combines the root “anthropo”, meaning “human” with the root “-cene”, the standard suffix for “epoch” in geologic time.

The Anthropocene is distinguished as a new period either after or within the Holocene, the current epoch, which began approximately 10,000 years ago (about 8000 BC) with the end of the last glacial period.»

A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years from the start of the Industrial Revolution to today.

Over half the human population now live in cities, and they are growing rapidly. In 3 minutes, actor Edward Norton explores life on an urbanized planet.

Climate change is a profound consequence of humanity’s impact. This 4-minute data visualization takes a tour of the key findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2013 report.

Humans are altering the global water cycle through damming, agriculture and carbon emissions. This 3-minute film charts the scale of change.

«Anthropocene is the world’s first educational web portal on the Anthropocene. It aims to inspire, educate and engage people about the interactions between humans and the planet.»

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