2    Human security in the Anthropocene

The implications of earth system analysis

Simon Dalby

The anthropocene and security

The accelerating transformation of the globe by human action has meant that earth scientists now frequently refer to the present period of geological history as ‘the Anthropocene’. Although this is not yet the official term for the present geological era, there is a widespread sense among those scientists who study the earth and its lengthy history, that we do live in times where the transformation of natural processes set in motion by humanity is ‘on a scale comparable with some of the major events of the ancient past’ (Zalasiewicz et al., 2010: 2228). The construction of major cities and their infrastructures is new in ...

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