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[greenyes] Climate Distruption - Part II of Must Read New Yorker Series






THE NEW YORKER - May 9, 2005
THE CLIMATE OF MAN-III
by ELIZABETH KOLBERT

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What can be done? A few years ago, in an article in Nature, the Dutch
chemist Paul Crutzen coined a term. No longer, he wrote, should we think of
ourselves as living in the Holocene, as the period since the last glaciation
is known. Instead, an epoch unlike any of those which preceded it had begun.
This new age was defined by one creature-man-who had become so dominant that
he was capable of altering the planet on a geological scale. Crutzen, a
Nobel Prize winner, dubbed this age the Anthropocene. He proposed as its
starting date the seventeen-eighties, the decade in which James Watt
perfected his steam engine and, inadvertently, changed the history of the
earth.
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FOR FULL ARTICLE http://www.newyorker.com/printables/fact/050509fa_fact3

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