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

from The Guardian

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. 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. more

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