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The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from the commence-ment of significant human impact on the Earth's geology and ecosystems, including, but not limited to, anthro-pogenic climate change.
As of August 2016, neither the International Commission on Stratigraphy nor the International Union of Geological Sciences has yet officially approved the term as a recognized subdivision of geological time, although the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) of the Sub-commission on Quaternary Strat-igraphy (SQS) of the Inter-national Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), voted to proceed towards a formal golden spike (GSSP) proposal to define the Anthropocene epoch in the Geologic Time Scale and presented the recommendation to the Inter-national Geological Congress on 29 August 2016.
Various different start dates for the Anthropocene have been proposed, ranging from the beginning of the Agricultural Revolution 12,000–15,000 years ago, to as recent as the Trinity test in 1945. As of February 2018, the ratification process continues and thus a date remains to be decided definitively, but the latter date has been more favored than others.
The most recent period of the Anthropocene has been referred to by several authors as the Great Acceleration during which the socio-economic and earth system trends are increasing dramatically, especially after the Second World War. For instance, the Geological Society termed the year 1945 as The Great Acceleration.
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