For John, BLUF: I wonder how the bien-pensant will use this? Nothing to see here; just move along.
From The Beeb we have a story by Science Correspondent Rebecca Morelle, headlined "Anthropocene: New dates proposed for the 'Age of Man'".
The Anthropocene - a new geological time period that marks the "Age of man" - began in 1610, a study suggests.I like this idea. On the other hand, I can see how a case could be made for calling this Eurocentric or "White" privilege. On the other hand, scientific progress is often against opposition and entrenched positions.
Scientists believe that the arrival of Europeans in the Americas had an unprecedented impact on the planet, marking the dawn of this new epoch.
The findings are published in the journal Nature.
Regards — Cliff