[Marxism] Did the Anthropocene start in 1950 or 12,000 years ago?

Jeffrey Masko j.alan.masko at gmail.com
Thu Apr 18 12:22:15 MDT 2019


“If you look at the main parameters of the Earth-system metabolism, then …
things only began to change sharply and dramatically with
industrialization,” he told me. He believes that the most significant event
in humanity’s life on the planet is the Great Acceleration
<https://www.google.com/search?q=great+acceleration&oq=great+acceleration+&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2638j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8>,
the period of rapid global industrialization that followed the Second World
War. As factories and cars spread across the planet, as the United States
and U.S.S.R. prepared for the Cold War, carbon pollution soared. So too did
methane pollution, the number of extinctions and invasive species, the
degree of surface-level radiation, the quantity of plastic in the ocean,
and the amount of rock and soil moved around the planet."

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/04/great-debate-over-when-anthropocene-started/587194/?utm_source=pocket-newtab



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