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Environment  (tags: Anthropocene epoch, International Geological Congress, climate disruption, Cape Town, South Africa )

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The Earth has entered the Anthropocene epoch. ThatÂ's a new geological era defined by human impact. This according to an expert group of scientists assembled at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Past Member (0)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 12:16 pm
Thank you again Dandelion for sharing.

TOM TREE (247)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 12:20 pm

Scary Stuff !

Roger G (148)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 12:30 pm
noted, thanks

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 12:52 pm
That Real News channel is an exceptional alternative news source, Dandelion.

As just commented on in the thread provide by Nyack:
It wasn't the "Industrialized Age" which was responsible, per se. The problems have been completely compounded and exacerbated by the continued inexorable surge of Corporate Capitalism, without the checks and balances of socialism, which would bring in responsibility into a system of living that puts profit above all else.

Will watch the footage later this evening, into tomorrow.

Animae C (508)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 3:01 pm
TY dear Dandelion

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 3:10 pm
Thank you for posting the link to Mitchell's post - although it was on the same topic - his stated they were now considering naming it the Anthropocene epoch, and this post states it's Official. But I know you feel good for doing what you did, a little gotcha you thought, but that is okay, I didn't mind looking a the post Mitchell gave and noting and commenting on it.

Anna P (97)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 3:44 pm
Thanks Dandelion

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 5:07 pm
Yes, Nyack, thank you for cross-posting. And, thank you Dandy, for your comment at my posting.
I am glad to see that it is now official. I wish we did not even have that issue, in the first place, but, as we do, it is important to accept reality. Yes, there are going to be people who will continue to deny that we have created these kinds of changes on the planet, some for reasons of greed, not wanting to invest money in adapting; some because the former have them on their payroll; some, like a cousin of mine, just because it is the official "Party" line!
Darren's point is well taken,fits into my comment.

Jeff Creech (64)
Saturday September 3, 2016, 5:41 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 12:35 am
Our impact is a ghastly ugly one--gonna get a lot uglier too. Earth needs all plant life+animal species to survive+thrive but not a single human. thx Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 1:03 am
VERY VERY worthwhile broadcast, with lots of easy-to-understand knowledge provided by Dr. Michael Mann.

Only disappointment for me is that he is firmly fixed into the Two-Party state of electoral politics in American, given he ONLY mentions Trump (Republican nominee) and Clinton (Democrat), but nothing about Dr. Jill Stein (Green Party) who has the best and most effective policies for challenging or arresting Climate-Change.

Ben O (129)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 3:53 am
Mother Earth is crying;
-Won't someone help me please,
can't you see I'm dying
from this dreadful disease...
(Ben Oscar Andersson)

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 3:56 am
"If we are to, again, stabilize the climate below those dangerous levels of warming, we really have to get off fossil fuels entirely. That means leaving most of the natural gas, most of the oil, and just about all of the coal in the ground. We can’t continue to extract and burn those fossil fuels if we are going to keep warming below that dangerous threshold."

Tell that to Rick Scott.

Freya H (344)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 5:25 am
This reminds me of the old saw that when the last fish has been caught, the last river has been poisoned and the last tree has been cut down, only then will we realize that money is inedible.

The Georgia Guidestones say to keep the population at 500,000.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 8:34 am
I agree with you Darren, that part jumped out to me that he failed to mention The Green Party and only did mention the two party duopoly.

Dawnie W (250)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 9:41 am

Noted...With extreme interest.

❤️Thanking you kindly Dandelion for sharing this information ❤️

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Janis K (129)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 4:46 pm
Thanks for sharing.

sharon ogden (3)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 5:29 pm
noted xxx

Raleigh k (356)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 6:53 pm

Rose B (141)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 10:21 pm
Love Ben's comment

Rose B (141)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 10:22 pm
Love Ben's Comment

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday September 4, 2016, 11:41 pm
Reshared article footage over social media to spread awareness.

Judy C (91)
Monday September 5, 2016, 4:24 pm
Thanks for posting this interesting article, Dandelion. I love Ben's comment too.

I've been seeing references to the idea of an Anthropocene Era for a while now. Sources vary on where the term anthropocene came from. Some say that the idea originated in the Soviet Union in the 60s, and a couple of other people are credited with coining the term as well.

I'm glad to see that this concept has been officially accepted by the International Geological Conference.. We all know that humans have had a profound influence on the earth. Author and scientist Jared Diamond said back in 1999 that the worst mistake in the history of the human race was agriculture. With agriculture began deforestation and a gradual trend in human activity toward greater attempts to control and exploit the earth. Around 1950 a great period of acceleration began, and now we are faced with the prospect of destroying ourselves, and perhaps the planet.

In this interview, Mann provides evidence that humans can have an effect on reversing global warming.. He says: "…if you look at what’s going on right now there are reasons for cautious optimism. We actually saw carbon emissions come to a peak 2 years ago and slightly decline for the first time in decades, last year. That suggest that the efforts that are already afoot to transition away from burning of fossil fuels towards renewable energy, that those efforts among the various nations of the world are paying dividends".

In other words, he is saying that the changes that we have already made as a result of the climate conference in Paris takes us halfway to where we want to be in terms of slowing down the rate of global warming. Dr. Mann is very knowledgeable, so I find that encouraging.

One of our biggest flaws as humans is shortsightedness, compounded by greed. We need to drastically alter our way of doing things if we want to survive.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday September 5, 2016, 7:47 pm
Thanks Judy for the extra information. This is what I heard from other Scientist that the sooner the better as we can do a lot to turn this around but we need National and International Will - we have the technology to do so from simple things to more complex - but it can be done, it can still be turned around. But we don't want to be waiting until it's too late and too late could be as one Scientist I read had said, would be like flipping a switch, it is light then dark. Does our climate have this switch. One time our planet was also a frozen ice ball....we don't know in order to save itself - because the Earth is a living organism - she could in fact flip a switch.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 5, 2016, 9:58 pm
Noted with thanks.

Judy C (91)
Monday September 5, 2016, 10:20 pm
Yes Dandelion, the Earth is certainly a living Being. There's plenty we don't know, so it's hard to say what will happen.

A lot of changes are happening faster than we expected, and I'm sure it's hitting some of the climate deniers in the face. If human beings are forced to cooperate to save themselves, maybe they will expend less effort on trying to destroy one another. That would be great!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 3:49 am
Agree with everything you've both said above.

What humankind needs to do is start to co-operate with Planet Earth, rather than see it as a pure commodity that can be exploited and bits traded here and there on International markets.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 10:10 am
"We must go beyond the arrogance of human rights. We must go beyond the ignorance of civil rights. We must step into the reality of natural rights because all of the natural world has a right to existence and we are only a small part of it. There can be no trade-off." John Trudell

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 5:11 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
We need masses of people to change this. We must all share this info and also contact our Congress members to "implement a time frame to end the subsidies for fossil fuel companies" and "put a price on the emission of carbon," as stated in the article. Shift the subsidies to green renewable energy, and end fracking and coal.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday September 6, 2016, 11:36 pm
If a sufficient number of people are shocked into changing their behavior, then things might start to reverse a little.

We have to remember the human population is at its greatest ever, so there is already an uphill struggle due to increasing demands for resources.

Angela K (373)
Wednesday September 7, 2016, 5:41 am
Although I am always a very optimistic person in any life situation - I don't have a good feeling that this epoche brings much good ... but rather, it will "fly us around the ears" all the consequences our actions of the past 100 years :-(

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Saturday September 10, 2016, 12:49 pm
Noted, Thank you
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