No Suprise - Humans have ushered in a new epoch in Earths history 17 replies

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emonkies

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#1 10 years ago

Goodbye Holocene era and hello to Anthropocene era.

Humans have had so much impact on the earth that it is being strongly suggested that a new geological age be started.

Humans Force Earth into New Geologic Epoch - Yahoo! News

Amazing how much impact we have had and yet some people are still saying we have little impact on the earth.




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#2 10 years ago

We're boned.




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#3 10 years ago

We also write the histories ;)

Its also completely insane to deny that humans have not had a massive impact on the planet, but I'm still not convinced by a new epoch. Humans have only been around for a couple of million years. Give it another ten million, and we'll see what the real impact was.




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#4 10 years ago

Assuming the monkey boys on the third rock from the sun dont destroy the planet and make it unlivable.

This isnt like trashing a frat house and then moving to another one. This is like being on a island with limited supplies and when they are gone thats it, you die.




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#5 10 years ago

Anlushac11;4184186Assuming the monkey boys on the third rock from the sun dont destroy the planet and make it unlivable.

This isnt like trashing a frat house and then moving to another one. This is like being on a island with limited supplies and when they are gone thats it, you die.

I have great faith in the earth's ability to repair itself given time. If all humans were to vanish tomorrow, the earth would be back to balanced in a couple of hundred years. Anything short of nuclear holocaust could be repaired by the earth in a very short time (only a few thousand years), provided humans were not around.

In contrast, the loss of pollinating insects would be catastrophic, we would all starve to death in a matter of weeks, and the earth may take millions of years to recover.

We are completely reliant on nature to provide us with all our needs. We are very helpless creatures.




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#6 10 years ago

We give ourselves too much credit in my opinion. As for a new age? I really don't care, it just some fancy name they can write in their books and talk about until they die.


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#7 10 years ago

Credit for harm is credit due, not particularly good credit, but a responsible party all the same.




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#8 10 years ago

I still wait to see whether this is but a passing change. Humanity's access to large scale energy resources such as oil is going to fall sometime during the next century, the bell curve starts declining even sooner than that. One of the reasons I'm not that concerned about oil based pollution is there's just not enough of it left in the earth to cause that much damage.

The impact we can have on the world may not be as great as we think or fear. Give it a few thousand years, and then see whether it is an era in which humanity is the main geological force. While I'm waiting to see if I was a gambling man my money would be on no.




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#9 10 years ago

An interesting idea.

I don't know about "geological era" quite yet. Though the effects of our civilization on the natural world are undeniable. While the Earth itself might survive our reign, I don't think the same can be said for the living world. Biodiversity is dying fast, and within a few centuries, at this pace, the natural world might disappear.




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#10 10 years ago

and usher in a 40k style scumland of waste and pollution unless bio fuels and things like sun panels on houses are made into real,proper buisness names,that we can trust,with real benifits and costs,were dead




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