Anthropocene

noun
An·​thro·​po·​cene | \ ˈan(t)-thrə-pə-ˌsēn How to pronounce Anthropocene (audio) , an-ˈthrä- \

Definition of Anthropocene

: the period of time during which human activities have had an environmental impact on the Earth regarded as constituting a distinct geological age Most scientists agree that humans have had a hand in warming Earth's climate since the industrial revolution—some even argue that we are living in a new geological epoch, dubbed the Anthropocene.Nature, 12 Feb. 2004

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First Known Use of Anthropocene

2000, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Anthropocene

anthropo- + -cene

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“Anthropocene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Anthropocene. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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