The term Anthropocene is used by some scientists to describe the most recent period in the Earth’s history. It has no precise start date, but may be considered to start in the late 18th century when the activities of humans first began to have a significant global impact on the Earth’s climate and ecosystems. This date coincides with James Watt’s invention of the steam engine in 1784. Other commentators link it to earlier events, such as the rise of agriculture. The term was coined in 2000 by the Nobel Prize winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen, who regards the influence of human behavior on the Earth in recent centuries as so significant as to constitute a new geological era.
It is generally seen as starting in the late 1800’s. This is the most modern human era when humans began to significantly impact the earth’s environment.
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