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The Anthropocene: It’s Not All About Us – May 7, 2014

We need to recognize we share the planet with millions of other life forms  

Time to celebrate! Woo-hoo! It’s official: we humans have started a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. Who’d have thought that just one species among millions might be capable of such an amazing accomplishment?

day308photo by Garrett, on FlickrAnthropocene artifacts.

Let’s wait to stock up on party favors, though. After all, the Anthropocene could be rather bleak. The reason our epoch has acquired a new name is that future geologists will be able to spot a fundamental discontinuity in the rock strata that document our little slice of time in Earth’s multi-billion year pageant. This discontinuity will be… more

by: Richard Heinberg

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