Scientists say a new geologic epoch has begun whereby humans are causing major damage to global water systems. They warn of a planetary transformation comparable to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. Scientists are meeting in Bonn, Germany this week (5/21-24) to discuss what can be done about it.
While some still debate the extent to which humans have affected the environment, scientists meeting in Bonn have little doubt. In fact, there’s a name for the informal geologic epoch they say human activity has caused -- the Anthropocene. Scientists are now debating whether it should be officially included in the Geological Time Scale.
Anik Bhaduri is the executive officer of the Global Water Systems Project based in Bonn. “For nearly a decade the Global Water Systems Project has been coordinating and supporting the broad research to study the complex water systems with interactions between natural and human components. And what we found is human activity plays a very central role in inducing and influencing the changes in the global water systems.”
1.epoch n. [地质] 世；新纪元；新时代；时间上的一点
The Renaissance was an epoch of unparalleled cultural achievement.
2.planetary adj. 行星的
Within our own galaxy there are probably tens of thousands of planetary systems.
3.retreat n. 撤退；休息寓所；撤退
No retreat is allowed, only advance.
4.interaction n. 相互作用；[数] 交互作用；互动
The interaction of the two groups produced many good ideas.