Health Editor’s Note: This article was written in 2016 but may slipped past most of us. There is no denying the impact, whether good or bad, that humans have had on this earth. I think this information is important enough to revisit….Carol Welcome to the Anthropocene
Where in the World Is the Anthropocene?
by Hannah Waters Smithsonian.com
Sixteen years ago, a pair of scientists introduced a new word that would shake up the geologic timeline: the Anthropocene. Also known as the “Age of Humans,” the idea was first mentioned in a scientific newsletter by Nobel Prize-winning, atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen and renowned biologist Eugene Stoermer. The duo enumerated the many impacts of human activities on the planet, outlining human induced carbon and sulfur emissions, the global run off of nitrogen fertilizers, species extinctions and destruction of coastal habitats.
Considering these vast changes, they declared the Holocene (our current 11,000-year-old geologic epoch) over. The Earth had entered a new geologic era, they said. This week, scientists are meeting to present their evidence of this new chapter of geological time to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.
Since it was introduced, the Anthropocene concept has resonated throughout the sciences and humanities. It’s forced people to confront how, in so little time, our species has irreversibly transformed Earth’s climate, landscapes, wildlife and geology.