Anthropocene epoch


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Anthropocene epoch:

see Holocene epochHolocene epoch
or Recent epoch,
most recent of all subdivisions of geologic time, ranging from the present back to the time (c.11,000 years ago) of almost complete withdrawal of the glaciers of the preceding Pleistocene epoch.
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Because humans are having widespread effects on the planet that can be measured in the geologic record, the International Commission on Stratigraphy is investigating whether the current Holocene epoch should end and an Anthropocene epoch begin.
Ultimately, the current Anthropocene epoch and the current mass extinction are interconnected and indivisibly united by the environmentally degrading human activities of the past 200 to 300 years.
Coverage includes the World Ocean in the Anthropocene epoch, and taking responsibility for the human impact on the seas; the use of the regulatory framework and technology to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; using technology and the law to fight illegal oil pollution from ships; bioprospecting for marine genetic resources; and the issue of defining the extent of the continental shelf and establishing its outer limits by many coastal states beyond 200 nautical miles.