Involve social scientists in defining the Anthropocene

The causes of Earth’s transition are human and social, write Erle Ellis and colleagues, so scholars from those disciplines must be included in its formalization.

Three dozen academics are planning to rewrite Earth’s history. The Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (of which one of us, E.E., is a member) announced in August that over the next three years it will divide Earth’s story into two parts: one in which humans are a geological superpower — an epoch called the Anthropocene — and the other encompassing all that came before our species had a major influence on Earth’s functioning.
Involve social scientists in defining the Anthropocene, by Erle Ellis, Mark Maslin, Nicole Boivin & Andrew Bauer, Nature – Comments (07 December 2016)

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