Slowing Down Biospheric Change

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Cairns, John (2010)
  • Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
  • Subject: climate change | biospheric change | global crises

In the latter part of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, rapid climate change and damage to the biosphere have increased the risks to Homo sapiens. So much harm has already been done to the biosphere and the climate system that it will require humankind to adapt to the existing and new conditions in order to survive. In order for this information to reach and impact the public, scientists, politicians, and the news media need to work together to communicate their ideas to the public. The major problem is increasing literacy about the eight, interactive, global crises (human economy, climate change, exponential human population growth, ecological overshoot, biotic impoverishment and the reduction of biodiversity, renewable resource depletion, energy allocation, and environmental migrants) so that humans can take informed action. Unless immediate action is taken to reduce the probability of the eight crises becoming catastrophes, the crises will worsen.
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