Why scientists voted down proposal to declare start of the Anthropocene — and what it means.

Syllabus: GS-I, Subject: Geography, Topic: Current Affairs,Issue: Terms in news

Context– Recently a committee of 18 scientists have voted down a proposal to declare the start of the Anthropocene, or the “Human Epoch”

  • Geoscientists utilize the geologic time scale (GTS) to chronicle Earth’s history.
  • GTS categorizes time into aeons, eras, periods, epochs, and ages based on chronostratigraphic classification.
  • Each interval of Earth time necessitates a clear starting point.
  • Coined in 2000, the Anthropocene signifies a new epoch dominated by human influence.( by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer)
  • There is skepticism about the permanency of the Anthropocene boundary.
  • Some scientists propose viewing the Anthropocene as an “event” rather than a new epoch.
  • Despite the rejection, evidence of human impact on the planet persists, prompting ongoing consideration of the Anthropocene’s significance.
Prelims Connect:

·         Currently, we are in the Phanerozoic aeon, Cenozoic era, Quaternary period, Holocene epoch, and Meghalayan age.

·         Anthropocene is based on a period called as “Great Acceleration,”

·         “Great Acceleration” saw a surge in population, fossil fuel consumption, nuclear testing fallout, widespread use of nitrogen-based fertilizers, and the proliferation of plastics.

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