Dawn of the Anthropocene

07 September 2016
Presented by Chris Smith.

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"The Blue Marble" is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft en route to the Moon at a distance of about 29,000 kilometres (18,000 mi). It shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula.

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Is this the dawn of a new era? Or, more accurately, epoch? This week scientists internationally have been voting to create a new geological time defined by our human existence. They're dubbing it "the Anthropocene". Chris Smith spoke to Astronomer Royal and former president of the Royal Society Professor Martin Rees to find out what it means for our present and our future...

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