Hand me that Hammer

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken

Nuclear test explosion in Mururoa atoll, French Polynesia, in 1971.
Nuclear test explosion in Mururoa atoll, French Polynesia, in 1971. The official expert group says the Anthropocene should begin about 1950 and is likely to be defined by the radioactive elements dispersed across Earth by nuclear bomb tests. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town on Monday.

The new epoch should begin about 1950, the experts said, and was likely to be defined by the radioactive elements dispersed across the planet by nuclear bomb tests, although an array of other signals, including plastic pollution, soot from power stations, concrete, and even the bones left by the global proliferation of the domestic chicken were now under consideration.read more

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6 thoughts on “Hand me that Hammer

  1. I read about this on the BBCi website about 3 years ago.
    Can’t see why people get in a fuss trying to deny it, it’s bit obvious: billions of humans consuming resources and discharging waste; we won’t be the first form of life to cause catastrophic change (Great Oxidation Event:cyanobacteria)- though we are the first who could possibly reverse our own effects.
    Still, I came across a Tea-Party followers who insisted this ‘alarm’ was all a conspiracy funded by…well they weren’t clear about that.

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