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    Berlin talks may underscore Earth's Anthropocene dawn

    Anthropocene: is this the new epoch of humans? (Guardian)
    • Geologists, climate scientists, ecologists – and a lawyer – gather in Berlin for talks on whether to rename age of human life

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    The question confronting the scientists and other specialists is straightforward enough, even if the solution is far from simple. Is it time to call an end to the epoch we live in and declare the dawn of a new time period: one defined by humanity’s imprint on the planet?
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    Humanity's terrifying impact on Earth justifies new Anthropocene epoch (Guardian)
    • The greatest transitions in the geological timescale are marked by the flowering or decimation of
    life. With species extinction and global warming gaining speed, humanity’s impact on Earth is clear

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    Epoch derives from the Greek epokhē meaning a fixed point of time: declaring the Anthropocene would provide a vital moment for reflection and change.
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    Whether a new epoch – the Anthropocene – should be formally declared is a question of whether humanity’s impact on our planet rivals the great events that have shaped the Earth’s evolution. The answer is a terrifying yes.
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    Perhaps the next epokhē should be dubbed The Googlebot-ocene as I'm informed via Thread Information that
    "(T)here are currently 21 users browsing this thread. (1 members [sic] and 20 guests)." Um, yeah; whatever.



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