The panorama is so vast that it gave rise to three scientific magazines devoted to the Anthropocene (see the large research programmes on Global Change coordinated within the Future Earth Programme, www.futureearth.org.) Over three quarters of the earth’s biosphere have already been dramatically transformed in anthropogenic biomes. This – as Erle C. Ellis, an ecologist at the University of Maryland states in his essay “Ecology in an Anthropogenic Biosphere”, published in the scientific magazine Ecological Monographs – has occurred because of many factors including, for example, population growth and profound changes in the use of soil and geomorphology of the original environment.  Data on energy and material flows transferred from natural systems to social ones, in o...