A New Spatial Perspective for a Healthy Planet

A New Spatial Perspective for a Healthy Planet (International Journal of Wilderness, December, 2011, www.ijw.org ); Dr Magnus Sylven (environmental consultant; Co-Chair, WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress; former Director, WWF Europe)

Human impact on the world since the Industrial Revolution has been so comprehensive that it has ushered in a new geological epoch, which scientists have called the Anthropocene (Smith 2008). Impacts on the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological environment, from rapidly increasing rates of extinctions of plants and animals to ocean acidification to global temperature increases, are so profound that they are now altering the geological record. We are bringing an end to the Holocene epoch, which began around 12,000 years ago…….

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