Research presents compelling evidence that we have entered new geological epoch

Research presents compelling evidence that we have entered new geological epoch

This study provides one of the strongest evidences that earth has entered into a new geological epoch, anthropocene, ending the current Holocene that started around 12,000 years ago. The researchers said that humanity’s impact on earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world to this new epoch.

Study’s lead researcher Colin Waters from the British Geological Survey said that the paper unveils about the big changes and as massive as the ones happened at the end of the last ice age. Humans have introduced new changes like the roughly 300 m metric tonnes of plastic produced annually.

“We are becoming a major geological force, and that’s something that really has happened since we had that technological advance after the Second World War”, affirmed Waters. The researchers said that the study should be considered as an additional level of information for the debate on whether or not a new epoch should be declared by the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS).

If the ICS will be in the favor or making the anthropocene an official epoch then it would become easier to convey the message about what humanity is doing to earth. Waters agree that people are environmentally aware of the climate change, but the information is not available to them with regard to the changes that are taking place.

The international team behind the research hopes to present the proposal to the ICS by the end of this year. The factors on the basis of which the researchers have said that anthropocene has started include humans have pushed extinction rate of flora and fauna.

Earth is on the verge of witnessing sixth mass extinction. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have increased by around 120 parts per million. Enormous amount of plastic has been dumped in waterways and oceans that will likely leave identifiable fossil records for future generations to find out.