When Did the Anthropocene Begin…and Why Does It Matter?

Authors

  • Ian Angus

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-067-04-2015-08_1

Keywords:

Climate Change, Marxist Ecology, Ecology

Abstract

The word Anthropocene, unknown twenty years ago, now appears in the titles of three academic journals, dozens of books, and hundreds of academic papers, not to mention innumerable articles in newspapers, magazines, websites, and blogs. There are exhibitions about art in the Anthropocene, conferences about the humanities in the Anthropocene, and novels about love in the Anthropocene. There is even a heavy metal album called The Anthropocene Extinction. Rarely has a scientific term moved so quickly into wide acceptance and general use.… Behind what might appear to be just a trendy buzzword are important scientific discussions that have radical implications for the future of life on Earth.

Published

2015-09-01

Issue

Section

Review of the Month