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

Credits to Robert A. Vella from “The Secular Jurist” blog. This is a thought-provoking article indeed. Makes one wonder how much longer can “mankind” as species continue to exist as if nothing it does matters, or makes any difference. If planet earth means anything, perhaps it’s time for all members of the species to take personal responsibility for its survival. After all, if the plant tanks… what are your alternative plans?

The Secular Jurist

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 on Monday.

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.

The current epoch, the Holocene, is the 12,000 years of stable climate since the last ice age during which all human civilisation developed. But the striking acceleration since the mid-20th century of carbon dioxide emissions and sea level rise, the global mass extinction of species, and the transformation of…

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8 thoughts on “The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

  1. Robert A. Vella

    Thanks for sharing. How much longer can mankind as a species continue to exist? Good question. Even with the worst case scenario of the current crisis, I suspect Homo sapiens won’t go extinct. However, modern civilization appears doomed under less than worst case scenarios; and, that means a massive and unprecedented depopulation event this century.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      What I have observed, and maintained is that “man” is not a naturally evolved species here. But it would seem that nature will have its way and man will be forced to either learn to live with it, or die. No, man will not disappear, but the species will be severely culled and what passes as “civilization” will crash, to be replaced with something much more in tune with earth’s environment, cycles and ability to meet needs. At the moment there is but one word that describes man’s approach to earth: abuser.

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  2. Woebegone but Hopeful

    Glad to see this is getting into the public domain, the scientific community have been using this term for a few years now.
    Will since we’ve started one Mass Extinction Event….. Hey-ho, if we’re not careful here comes another with us on the business end.
    It’s happened before.
    Folk only have to check the fossil records
    (Although some will maintain they’ve been falsified or mis-read).
    Clock’s ticking folks…..

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Good comment, that. This is the BIG doomsday clock, when man starts the downhill ball rolling and then nature takes over to finish the job.

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks Rosaliene. Did you notice that over the months I tend to side more and more towards you view of things re: the main source of climate change? The evidence is mounting that people are the reason for this global phenomenon and since it is people, then is can also be said that people can reverse this trend. But do they care? Do they want to? I’m not talking about the leaders – they are all bought and paid for and corrupt to the hilt as far as I’m concerned. I’m talking about the numbties with their oversized pickup trucks, their oversized boats, their jet-skis, their stupid cruises, their sense of entitlement which even the housing bubble and all the lost jobs haven’t shaken at all. I’m talking about the red-necks; the racists; the gun lovers, the war lovers, those who, instead of looking at their lifestyle, point the finger at the rest of the world and spew hatred and blame. Yes, those people… those billions… are they willing to change their point of view and change their ways? For if not, no well-meaning leader can ever made a dent in this crawling anthill of obsolete brain-dead motion. Anyone who tries will be dead in a week.

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