Welcome to the Anthropocene, the First Human Epoch

This week, at the 35th International Geologic Conference in South Africa, members of a working group made a formal recommendation that the Anthropocene be officially recognized as the latest geologic epoch. This would mark a transition from the Holocene, which began almost 12,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age, and the beginning of the “age of humans.”

Living in the Human Age
The term “Anthropocene” was popularized in 2000 by atmospheric scientist Paul Crutzen to refer to the u

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