Anthropocene Statistics

January 19, 2013
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(This article was originally published at Blog about Stats, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

Long statistical time series get a new name:
Anthropocene Statistics.

‘The Anthropocene defines Earth’s most recent geological time period as being human-influenced, or anthropogenic, based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans’. -> more
ANTHROPOCENE

The anthropogenic discussion …

… as to be read at Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Abstract from: “Will Steffen, Jacques Grinevald,Paul Crutzen,andJohn McNeill  The Anthropocene: conceptual and historical perspectives):

The human imprint on the global environment has now become so large and active that it rivals some of the great forces of Nature in its impact on the functioning of the Earth system. Although global-scale human influence on the environment has been recognized since the 1800s, the termAnthropocene, introduced about a decade ago, has only recently become widely, but informally, used in the global change research community. However, the term has yet to be accepted formally as a new geological epoch or era in Earth history. In this paper, we put forward the case for formally recognizing the Anthropocene as a new epoch in Earth history, arguing that the advent of the Industrial Revolution around 1800 provides a logical start date for the new epoch. We then explore recent trends in the evolution of the Anthropocene as humanity proceeds into the twenty-first century, focusing on the profound changes to our relationship with the rest of the living world and on early attempts and proposals for managing our relationship with the large geophysical cycles that drive the Earth’s climate system.’

See also:
http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/369/1938/835.full.pdf+html

Some statistical indicators related to the anthropocene:

Anthropocene Indicators

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Welcome to The Anthropocene

A special website is dedicated to this topic: http://www.anthropocene.info/en/about

In June 2012, “Welcome to the Anthropocene”—a film about the state of the planet—opened the UN’s Rio+20 summit on sustainable development. The summit was the largest UN meeting to date. A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.


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