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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT
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to describe what Earth is becoming is an Epoch, and not a higher rank
such as Period/Era, nor lower rank like Age/Stage, which would have
made the Anthropocene a subdivision of the Holocene.
Now geologists in co-operation with other scientific fields need to find
the physical markers which most precisely typify the transition. Candi-
dates include artificial radionuclides and patterns of nitrogen or
carbon isotopes. Fieldwork's aim is to identify a specific location - if
one exists to be identified - where the marker eventually selected
unarguably represents a global phenomena defining transition to the
Research and development to reduce greenhouse gases from industrial
processes together with an expansion of German forests are among
measures in "Climate Action Plan 2050" adopted this month by the
German Cabinet. The aim is extensive carbon neutrality by 2050.
See: Climate Action Plan 2050, accessed 24th November, 2016.
Acknowledging that Germany's per capita greenhouse gas emissions
are higher than the EU average, the plan says Germany will
advocate strengthening the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
ETS sets caps on greenhouse gas emissions from installations covered
by the scheme, and allows emission allowances to be traded. The cap is
Emission reduction targets by 2030 for the Energy sector, agriculture,
industry, buildings and transport are also laid out, and the government
is establishing a Commission for growth, structural change and regional
development. Structural change is what enables carbon neutrality. The
plan identifies more than 90 regulatory and technological ideas to meet
Germany has also renewed its intent, first stated in 1990, to reduce by
2050 its greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% compared to 1990. HG
Issue 4 (October - December), 2016. Volume VII. Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x.
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