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 anthropogenically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of anthropogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, anthropogenic climate change is causing mass extinctions. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Nietzsche’s Eternal Return," 7 Oct. 2019 Many people believe anthropogenic climate change – rapid and far-reaching shifts in the climate caused by human activity – is now the story that will define the 21st century, whether anyone’s good at telling it or not. Adam Corner, The Conversation, "Climate change is really about prosperity, peace, public health and posterity – not saving the environment," 27 Sep. 2019 Ice loss is a function of natural climate variability and anthropogenic warming caused by increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Julienne C. Stroeve, Scientific American, "When Will All the Ice in the Arctic be Gone?," 14 Aug. 2019 According to climate models, anthropogenic warming since the late 1800s has increased the atmospheric vapor-pressure deficit by approximately 10 percent and this increase is projected to double by the 2060s. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Warming climate likely leading to larger California fires," 18 July 2019 Iron input from anthropogenic sources, like the burning of fossil fuels and other industrial activities, is believed to be comparatively much lower. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Humans May Be Accidentally Geoengineering the Oceans," 15 July 2019 To their delight, the rock grew less anthropogenic by the day. Quanta Magazine, "In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos," 13 June 2014 As a whole, Ackroyd and Harvey’s body of work focuses on process and time, things like urban political ecologies, anthropogenic climate change, and environmental degradation. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Coats Worn at the Extinction Rebellion Protests in London Are Made From Fresh Seedling Grass," 19 Feb. 2019 Natural selection simply does not operate on the same timescale as industrialization, so to keep pace with anthropogenic change, wild animals have resorted to altering their behavior rather than their genes. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018

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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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of anthropogenic was circa 1883

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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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