Anthropocene now: influential panel votes to recognize Earth’s new epoch

Nature, May 21, 2019, By Meera Subramanian

‘Atomic Age’ would mark the start of the current geologic time unit, if proposal receives final approval.

"A panel of scientists voted this week to designate a new geologic epoch — the Anthropocene — to mark the profound ways in which humans have altered the planet. That decision, by the 34-member Anthropocene Working Group (AWG), marks an important step towards formally defining a new slice of the geologic record — an idea that has generated intense debate within the scientific community over the past few years." ...

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01641-5

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