Submitted 17 April 2015 by Ingrid Benirschke-Perkins, CARTA Community Relations Director
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"Human-Climate Interactions and Evolution: Past and Future" is the topic of a free public symposium hosted by the UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) on Friday, May 15th (1:00 – 5:30 pm PDT), co-chaired by Charles Kennel (Scripps Institute of Oceanography/UC San Diego) and Rick Potts (Smithsonian Institution).
Our early ancestors evolved on a drying, cooling, and highly variable planet, which has led to competing ideas as to how climate may have shaped human evolution. Equally compelling is the question of how and when humans began to affect their surroundings to such an extent as to become a force of climate change, with disruptions affecting the globe today.
According to earth scientists, paleontologists, and scholars in other fields, the planet has entered a new geological phase – the Anthropocene, the age of humans. How did this transition of our species from an apelike ancestor in Africa to the current planetary force occur? What are the prospects for the future of world climate, ecosystems, and our species? This symposium presents varied perspectives on these critical questions from earth scientists, ecologists, and paleoanthropologists.
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