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Smithsonian Symposium: The Anthropocene

As Arctic sea ice melts, new sea routes are connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for the first time in 2 million years. (Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard)

(Photo: Patrick Kelley/U.S. Coast Guard)

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The world is changing at a rapid pace. Scientists have documented significant changes during the past century in climate, land-use and biodiversity that are unprecedented over the past thousand years. To examine this phenomenon through the lenses of science, society and culture, the Smithsonian is hosting a symposium “The Anthropocene: Planet Earth in the Age of Humans,” was held Thursday, Oct. 11, from 9:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.


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