• Question: Bit of a random question now..... You know humans causing climate change is called 'Anthropogenic'...is that word latin or something? Does it have another meaning?

    Asked by mimi317 to Davie, James P, James V, Nuala on 4 Jul 2012.
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      James Verdon answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      Hi mimi,
      Anthropogenic can be split into two parts – anthropo, and genic. The first part, anthropo, comes from ancient Greek, and it means ‘relating to men’. Genic also has it’s origins in Greek, from the Greek word genos, meaning born or birth, or created.

      So anthropogenic literally means ‘created by men’, and its origins are from Greek. So anthropogenic climate change is climate change created by mankind. We use this term to distinguish our current situation, where our CO2 emissions are driving temperature changes, from natural cycles of climate change.

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      Nuala Carson answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      hey mimi37,

      thats a great question and one i have never considered before so i have to thank you for think of it and thank James V for answering it!

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      James Pope answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      Hi mimi317,

      Exactly as James V has it!