The Great Acceleration is real and provides a quantitative basis for the proposed Anthropocene Series/Epoch

  title={The Great Acceleration is real and provides a quantitative basis for the proposed Anthropocene Series/Epoch},
  author={Martin J. Head and Will Steffen and David Fagerlind and Colin N. Waters and Cl{\'e}ment Poirier and Jaia Syvitski and Jan A. Zalasiewicz and Anthony D Barnosky and Alejandro Cearreta and Catherine Jeandel and Reinhold Leinfelder and John R. McNeill and Neil L. Rose and Colin Summerhayes and Michael Wagreich and Jens Zinke},
in 2000 to the extensive impact of human activities on our planet, subsequent detailed a substantial Earth System response to these impacts in the mid-20 th century. Key to this understanding was the discovery of a sharp upturn in a multitude of global socio-economic indicators and Earth System trends at that time; a phenomenon termed the ‘Great Acceleration’. It coincides with massive increases in global human-con-sumed energy and shows the Earth System now on a trajectory far exceeding the… 

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