Anthropocene Era – UPSC Prelims

  • Anthropocene is an unofficial unit of geologic time.
  • It describes the most recent period in Earth’s history when the human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems.
  •  In 2010, biologist Eugene Stormer and chemist Paul Crutzen coined the term ‘Anthropocene’. Later the word gained immense popularity.
  • The current epoch is called the Holocene officially. The Holocene began 11,700 years ago after the last major ice age.
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