The Anthropocene Geological Epoch & Global Warming

A few years ago Paul Crutzen, a Nobel Prize winner for work on the ozone layer, proposed a new name for the geological epoch based on the effects of human civilization on the earth. He proposed that the new epoch began in the early 1800 and should be named the Anthropocene Epoch. You can read a good pro/con on the proposal at Andrew Alden’s geology site. As Alden points out the present geological epoch is the Holocene, which began about 12,000 years ago, about the time when the most recent glacial ice began to retreat from North America and Europe.… Read more