30 Aug '16, 12pm

It's Official: The Anthropocene Epoch Is Here via @EcoWatch

The Anthropocene Epoch has begun, according to a group of experts assembled at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa this week. After seven years of deliberation, members of an international working group voted unanimously on Monday to acknowledge that the Anthropocene —a geologic time interval so-dubbed by chemists Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2000—is real. "We have had an incredible impact on the environment of our planet," says Colin Waters, principal geologist at the British Geological Survey. Pixabay The epoch is thought to have begun in the 1950s, when human activity, namely rapid industrialization and nuclear activity, set global systems on a different trajectory. And there's evidence in the geographic record. Indeed, scientists say that nuclear bomb testing, industrial agriculture , human-caused global warming and the proliferation...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/anthropocene-1991220147.html

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