Monday, January 28, 2008

Scarred Earth to enter the 'Anthopocene Epoch'

"Scientists identify four major phenomena which mark a difference with the past: transformation of patterns of sediment erosion and deposition worldwide; major changes to the carbon cycle and global temperature; wholesale changes to the world's plants and animals; ocean acidification (through the build up of fossil fuels in the atmosphere)."

Humans have so altered life on Earth that scientists are proposing to change the name of the geological epoch we are living through from the Holocene to the Anthropocene.

The name, Anthropocene, was coined in an off-the-cuff remark, by the Nobel prize-winning chemist, Paul Crutzen, in 2002. He suggested that the environmental effect of increased human population and economic development meant the Earth was entering a new era.

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