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Climate change stories and the Anthroposcenic

Social sciences and the humanities can utilize the concept of the Anthropocene to add meaning to climate research.

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Figure 1: Caravan Holiday (2010), oil painting by Julian Perry, 31 x 26 cm; reproduced by permission of the artist.


Figure 2: Tower of the buried church of Eccles, from Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology12, illustrating the 'waste of the coast of Norfolk'.


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Matless, D. Climate change stories and the Anthroposcenic. Nature Clim Change 6, 118–119 (2016).

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