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When geologists sample sediment, they are increasingly finding evidence of human activity — from radioactive dust to bits of plastic and chunks of concrete. So scientists are now arguing it’s time to formally recognize a new epoch in Earth’s history, the Anthropocene.

Scientists say it’s a new era: the Anthropocene

Researchers say the term — which means the human period — recognizes the
 extent of human-caused change to the planet over the last 60 years

Characterized by the mantra “better living through chemistry,” the time immediately following the Second World War was steeped in a euphoric state of consumption of mass-manufactured materials. Now a new paper argues that this time should be formally recognized as the beginning of a new epoch by calling it the Anthropocene — or human period. […] Read more