Welcome to the Anthropocene

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According to a panel of scientists, humans have ushered in a new geological epoch, writes Joe Pinkstone in MailOnline. Published on May 27, 2019.

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Experts have voted to recognise the term and the dawn of the epoch, a vast period of geological time spanning millennia, but it will be several years before the term is fully accepted. The term means ‘Age of man’ and its origin will be back-dated to the middle of the 20th-century to mark when humans started irrevocably damaging the planet.

Geological epochs

Scientists are now working on defining when it started and what geological feature best describes its initiation. This quest for a so-called ‘golden spike’ may include the Hydrogen bomb tests of the 50s which produced vast amounts of radioactive matter immortalised in the world’s geological records. The explosion of chicken farming and increased fossil fuel incineration are also potential signs of the Anthropocene, leaving an indelible mark on the world.


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