- Jul 2022
The ‘Great Acceleration’ graphs, originally published in 2004 to show socio-economic andEarth System trends from 1750 to 2000, have now been updated to 2010.
Description of Great Acceleration graphs
The trajectory of theAnthropocene: The GreatAcceleration
- Title: The trajectory of the Anthropocene: The Great Acceleration
- Author: Steffen, Will; Broadgate, Wendy; Deutsch, Lisa; Gaffney, Owen and Ludwig, Cornelia Date: 2015
- Wendy Broadgate
- Great Acceleration
- The Great Acceleration
- Lisa Deutsch
- Cornelia Ludwig
- Deep Humanity
- Will Steffen
- Owen Gaffney
- Stop Reset Go
Since 1945 this “Great Acceleration” has permitted the tripling of the human population and the crowding-out of the rest of the planet’s biosphere. Lewis and Maslin tell us: “Populations of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals have declined by an average of 58 percent over the last forty years… On land, if you weighed all the large mammals on the planet today, just 3 percent of that mass is living in the wild. The rest is made up of human flesh, some 30 percent of the total, with domesticated animals that feed us contributing the remaining 67 percent.”
Fourth Transition: The Great Acceleration
Will Steffen et al: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2053019614564785
- Oct 2017
‘Truly it would seem as if “Man strews the earth with ruin.”4 But this conclusion is too flattering to human vanity. Man's most permanent memorial is a rubbish-heap, and even that is doomed to be obliterated’ (Sherlock, 1922, p. 343
CO2 atmospheric concentration used as simple indicator for many years to track great acceleration / progression in Anthropocence, this now joined by long list of other indicators, escalating at an alarming rate, population, water use/ shortage, paper consumption, global warming, increase in number and ferocity of storms .......
In 1873, the Italian geologist and priest Antonio Stoppani suggested that our technologies, infrastructures, and patterns of land use had created fundamental changes in Earth’s systems, propelling us into what he called an ‘anthropozoic era’
Note : Read over Article again by Will Steffen, Paull J Crutzen & John R McNeill.  (https://www.pik-potsdam.de/news/public-events/archiv/alter-net/former-ss/2007/05-09.2007/steffen/literature/ambi-36-08-06_614_621.pdf)
Explore development of Anthropocence. How do we track progression of Anthropocene? CO2 Emissions??