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Should we classify human history as the “Anthropocene age”?

Although human beings have existed on earth for a mere 200,000 years, our impact on the planet is extremely evident. In recent years, geologists have begun to argue that the changes made by humans are so significant that the current era should be labeled as a new epoch – the Anthropocene – meaning a time period in which human activity has been the dominant influence on culture and the environment. Should scientists be in agreement over labeling the current era the Anthropocene age?


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'Case is made' for Anthropocene Epoch 
There is little doubt now that we have entered a new geological age, believes an international scientific panel.

Did the Anthropocene Begin in 1950 or 50,000 Years Ago?
Scientists debate whether hunting, farming, smallpox or the nuclear bomb define the start of irreversible human impacts on our planet

What Is the Anthropocene and Are We in It?
Efforts to label the human epoch have ignited a scientific debate between geologists and environmentalists.

When We Took Over The World
PBS Eons looks at the impact humans have had on the Earth during our (relatively) short time on this planet.

When Time Became History - The Human Era
Kurzgesagt takes a look at the anthropological journey of the human race.

When Did the Anthropocene Really Begin?
This video from The Good Stuff asks when human influence should begin, especially if scientists look to classify a new age.


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Should we classify human history as the “Anthropocene age”?

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