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Current Event April 22, 2015

The Epoch of Humans


When did humans begin to shape the earth? This is the debate happening among geologists who are determining whether the official timeline of the Earth should have a name for the current period of human domination. The concept of the “anthropocene” or the human era first emerged 15 years ago and a working group of scientists is determining whether to adopt it officially and when it should begin. Listen to learn more about the lively debate that surrounds this decision.

Geology Human Impacts Earth and Space Science Human origins

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AIR DATE: 04/06/2015


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