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IGBP Newsletter 'Global Change' No 78, March 2012
Anthropocene - the geology of humanity
This issue looks at the Anthropocene, humanity's epoch. It also examines urban expansion, consumption of resources, natural catastrophes' effects on economics and how to better build our future.
Anthropocene: an epoch of our making
Has human activity over the past two centuries pushed the Earth out of the Holocene and into the Anthropocene?
The rise and rise of urban expansion
Urban land area has expanded globally during the past few decades, a trend that looks set to continue in the foreseeable future.
Addicted to resources
Current levels of resource consumption are unsustainable in the long term.
Economic losses due to natural catastrophes set a record high in 2011.
Building our future
A call for closer collaboration between engineers and climate researchers.