Global Change and the Earth System: A Planet Under Pressure
Will Steffen, Regina Angelina Sanderson, Peter D. Tyson, Jill Jäger, Pamela A. Matson, Berrien Moore III, Frank Oldfield, Katherine Richardson, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Billie L. Turner, Robert J. Wasson
Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 27, 2006 - Science - 336 pages
The interactions between environmental change and human societies have a long, complex history spanning many millennia, but these have changed fundamentally in the last century. Human activities are now so pervasive and profound that they are altering the Earth in ways which threaten the very life support system upon which humans depend. This book describes what is known about the Earth System and the impact of changes caused by humans. It considers the consequences of these changes with respect to the stability of the Earth System and the well-being of humankind; as well as exploring future paths towards Earth System science in support of global sustainability.
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During the last 100 years the population of humans soared from little more than one to six billion and economic activity increased nearly 10-fold between 1950 and 2000. The world's population is more tightly connected than ever before ...
During the past three centuries human population increased 10-fold to 6000 million. Concomitant with this population increase, the rate of consumption has risen even more sharply. Just as rapid and profound are other changes sweeping ...
However, with a warming climate in the high latitudes, at a certain point in the warming trend the tick can complete its life cycle in a single season, causing an apparently unpredicted outbreak of tick populations (Lindgren 2000).
The main question addressed is how global change is likely to affect the goal of feeding, housing, clothing, educating and employing the expanding human population of the twentyfirst century without compromising the sustainability of ...
Clarke R (ed) United Nations Environment Programme UNFPA (2001) The state of world population 2001. Marshall A (ed) United Nations Population Fund US Bureau of the Census (2000) International database. http:// ...
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