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Title: Mathematical Analysis of Anthropogenic Signatures: The Great Deceleration

Abstract: Distributions of anthropogenic signatures (impacts and activities) are mathematically analysed. The aim is to understand the Anthropocene and to see whether anthropogenic signatures could be used to determine its beginning. A total of 23 signatures were analysed and results are presented in 31 diagrams. Some of these signatures contain undistinguishable natural component but most of them are of purely anthropogenic origin. Great care was taken to identify abrupt accelerations, which could be used to determine the beginning of the Anthropocene. Results of the analysis can be summarised in three conclusions. 1. Anthropogenic signatures cannot be used to determine the beginning of the Anthropocene. 2. There was no abrupt Great Acceleration around 1950 or around any other time. 3. Anthropogenic signatures are characterised by the Great Deceleration in the second half of the 20th century. The Great Deceleration indicates a gradual progress towards a sustainable future.
Comments: 30 pages, 31 figures, 2 tables, 8991 words
Subjects: Physics and Society (physics.soc-ph); Populations and Evolution (q-bio.PE)
Cite as: arXiv:1803.06935 [physics.soc-ph]
  (or arXiv:1803.06935v1 [physics.soc-ph] for this version)

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From: Ron Nielsen [view email]
[v1] Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:38:20 GMT (3061kb)