The Anthropocene Is a Joke

On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch

The Atlantic
Aug 13 · 15 min read
Photo: Stuart Gleave via Getty Images

By Peter Brannen

Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told. Where some epochs in Earth history stretch more than 40 million years, this new chapter started maybe 400 years ago, when carbon dioxide dipped by a few…

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