“Anthropocene” may become an official unit of Geologic Time

The early readers of my book, MAKERS OF FIRE, will be familiar with the term, Anthropocene, which means the “era of age of man.” It has been an informal designation until now. This Friday in Berlin a task force will meet to consider making Anthropocene official. (Thanks to Michael McManus for the find)

“The Anthropocene Working Group assembles in Berlin on Friday, an interdisciplinary body of scientists and humanists working under the umbrella of the International Commission on Stratigraphy and “tasked with developing a proposal for the formal ratification of the Anthropocene as an official unit amending the Geological Time Scale“.

From the Independent