By The Editors
Global changes characteristic of both Space Age and Information Age are defined by exponential increases in a variety of dimensions related to the human relationship with the natural world. Examples of these dimensions are human population growth, resource use, and economic activity.
The scale and speed of these increases, clearly recognizable since the 1950’s, can be best approximated with exponential curves.
The process that encompasses the global changes occurring in the Space and Information Ages is called “The Great Acceleration“.
Below is a slideshow containing a series of graphs depicting the sharp acceleration in human activity since the 1950s and the impact of this acceleration on the Earth system.