Recognising Anthropocene as an epoch is a caution to humanity

The overwhelming vote by the Anthropocene Working Group to recognise Anthropocene as a new epoch is a grim reminder to humanity that failure to end destructive activities will irrevocably change the face of the earth and make it uninhabitable. The pervasive and long-lasting signatures of modern human activity on earth have been so striking, that … Continue reading Recognising Anthropocene as an epoch is a caution to humanity

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Scientists vote to recognise Anthropocene as a new epoch

A 34-member panel of the Anthropocene Working Group voted to designate Anthropocene as the new geologic epoch. The vote signals the end of the Holocene Epoch which began 11,700 years ago. The focus is now on identifying a definitive geologic marker or golden spike to signal the beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch. On May 21, … Continue reading Scientists vote to recognise Anthropocene as a new epoch

Anthropocene, a man-made geologic epoch

“Archean to Anthropocene, the past is the key to the future” is the theme of the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America to be held in Minnesota in October 2011. Anthropocene is not part of the geological timescale; it's the name of a new epoch and is yet to be formally adopted by … Continue reading Anthropocene, a man-made geologic epoch