an·​thro·​po·​gen·​ic | \ ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce anthropogenic (audio) \

Definition of anthropogenic

: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature anthropogenic pollutants

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anthropogenically \ ˌan(t)-​thrə-​pə-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anthropogenic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of anthropogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The process to answer these questions is referred to as 'extreme event attribution' and also includes attributing the change due to anthropogenic climate change in other characteristics, such as the intensity of the event. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 Over the past four years, like many of my colleagues, I was dismayed by the extent of willful distortion of data, from the existence of anthropogenic climate change to the epidemiology of COVID-19, for the sake of political gain. Erica Fleishman, Scientific American, 31 Mar. 2021 Biological processes like soil nitrification, wildfires, and lightning also produce NO₂, but research on Earth suggests that these sources provide far less of the overall total than anthropogenic sources—namely the burning of fossil fuels. Meghan Herbst, Wired, 4 Mar. 2021 As the world’s leader in CCS, with about 40% of the total anthropogenic CO2 captured to date and multiple CCS projects under way around the world, ExxonMobil is eager to play our part to advance this promising concept. Darren W. Woods And Joe Blommaert, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 Concrete currently accounts for about 8% of anthropogenic CO2 emissions, comparable to the entire agriculture industry, which is responsible for just 9% of carbon emissions. James Conca, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 In addition, anthropogenic environmental impacts like wildfire smoke and heavy pollution can cause even otherwise healthy older adults to lose out on vital wellness therapies. Melina Walling, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 That’s good news, because the research suggests that humans still benefit from natural sounds mixed with anthropogenic sound. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2021 Their policy book and local chapters barely concede the existence of anthropogenic warming. Charlie Mitchell, The New Republic, 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of anthropogenic

circa 1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anthropogenic

anthropo- + -genic

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The first known use of anthropogenic was circa 1883

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24 May 2021

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“Anthropogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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an·​thro·​po·​gen·​ic | \ -pə-ˈjen-ik How to pronounce anthropogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of anthropogenic

: of, relating to, or resulting from the influence of human beings on nature anthropogenic sources of pollution

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