Over at The New York Times, Reason's great science correspondent Ronald Bailey is taking part in a roundtable discussion on the topic of "The Age of Anthropocene: Should We Worry?" Read Ron's opening salvo; here's an excerpt:
Is humanity's ascent to global potency is a bad thing? No, especially if the alternative is returning to relative impotence.
Even in as sophisticated a society as ancient Rome, average life expectancy was about 20 years. Since the Industrial Revolution, average global life expectancy has risen to nearly 70 year. Why? Because humans have become better at mobilizing resources to produce better health and more wealth.