8. Is Anthropocene dangerous?
The Anthropocene is the name with which some scientists and researchers intend to mark a new geological epoch, after the current Holocene, characterized by human activities that are affecting the environment. Its most notorious effects are global warming, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and its consequences climate change. If this cannot be stopped, it can become a very dangerous phenomenon, capable of causing great damage and calamities, to the point of threatening life on Earth.
Climate change manifests itself with increasingly intense and frequent phenomena, such as the thawing of glaciers and polar ice, whose most immediate consequences would be the increase in the level of the seas, with serious damage to coastal and island populations, which would cause massive migrations with waves of climate refugees. Other consequences would be the desertification of soils, with acute shortages of drinking water for human use and water for animals in areas affected by droughts. Increased heat would intensify vegetation fires and increase their frequency and damage. The floods would be catastrophic in some places. Hurricanes would come with greater destruction capacity and would be increasingly frequent. The destruction of coral reefs would affect marine biodiversity. Mass extinctions of species would have a strong impact on biodiversity and trophic or food chains. Due to droughts and floods there would be serious crop losses and famines.