Ethics and the Environment 25 (1):19 (2020)

Some earth scientists reckon our current geological epoch as the Holocene, a mild, perhaps interglacial period, in which fluctuations in the earth's temperatures have been hospitable to human beings. The Holocene witnessed advancements in agriculture, writing, technological and tool development, historical awareness, and civilizational and urban expansion. There is, however, an emerging recognition that Homo sapiens have become a planetary force in our own right through the technological, carbon-based economies that have flourished throughout the Holocene. This recognition has prompted the invention of a new term, the "Anthropocene," literally the new age or time of the human (from the Greek anthropos, meaning...
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