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Anthropocene and J shaped graphs

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:28 am    Post subject: Anthropocene and J shaped graphs Reply with quote

There's an interesting ( to me, anyway ) discussion about the Anthropocene and when it started. The debate is about whether we are living in a new geological epoch where the dominant factor affecting the earth is the impact of human beings.

To quote from http://monthlyreview.org/2015/09/01/when-did-the-anthropocene-beginand-why-does-it-matter/ :

"The term Anthropocene…suggests that the Earth has now left its natural geological epoch, the present interglacial state called the Holocene. Human activities have become so pervasive and profound that they rival the great forces of Nature and are pushing the Earth into planetary terra incognita. The Earth is rapidly moving into a less biologically diverse, less forested, much warmer, and probably wetter and stormier state."

Midway down this article there are some interesting J shaped graphs :



These all argue in favour of a "late anthropocene" starting sometime around 1950.

My question to the forum is whether you are aware of any similar bee or pesticide related data which would produce similar J shaped graphs over the same period of time ?

Thanks,
Adam.
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