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A profoundly unique imaginative and prescient of an possible destiny that guarantees human prosperity by way of safeguarding our threatened planet

"If you might have time to learn one publication in this topic, I hugely suggest the recent Big global, Small Planet, by way of Johan Rockstrom, director of the Stockholm Resilience heart, and Mattias Klum, whose attractive photos of environment disruptions strengthen the urgency of the moment."—Thomas L. Friedman, New York instances

Big international, Small Planet probes the pressing main issue of our occasions: how is it attainable to create a favorable destiny for either humanity and Earth? we have now entered the Anthropocene—the period of big human affects at the planet—and the activities of over seven billion citizens threaten to destabilize Earth’s average platforms, with cascading outcomes for human societies. during this remarkable ebook, the authors mix the most recent technological know-how with compelling storytelling and extraordinary images to create a brand new narrative for humanity’s destiny. Johan Rockström and Mattias Klum reject the suggestion that fiscal development and human prosperity can merely be accomplished on the price of our environment. They contend that we have got unheard of possibilities to navigate a “good Anthropocene.” through embracing a deep mind-shift, humanity can reconnect to Earth, become aware of common values, and tackle the basic function of planetary steward. With eloquence and profound optimism, Rockström and Klum envision a way forward for abundance inside planetary boundaries—a progressive destiny that's right away worthwhile, attainable, and sustainable for coming generations.


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In the USA, a record 14 weather and climate disasters caused damage estimated at 1 billion USD or more, from extreme heat waves, droughts, and floods to tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, and winter storms. Clearly, changes in rainfall patterns could represent a serious threat if region after region suffers shifts in the frequency, magnitude, and duration of droughts, wildfires, storms, floods, and disease outbreaks, that, in turn, affect food production, trade, economic growth, and, ultimately, social stability.

But the groundwork for the planetary boundaries concept rests on more than 30 years of empirical research showing that ecosystems, from local lakes to forest biomes and large ice sheets, can abruptly cross tipping points and irreversibly shift from one stable state to another, unless they’re resilient enough to resist change. Whether we call them tipping elements, tipping points, regime-shifts, or thresholds is less important than the mountain of evidence showing that Earth’s resilience is what matters.

They’re there to prevent a catastrophe. We didn’t need planetary boundaries in the 1980s, when we still lived in a small world on a big planet. We thought we could exploit minerals, living species, freshwater, land, oil, coal, and natural gas, without ever asking—not seriously, at least—whether infinite growth was possible on a finite planet. Now, all that has changed. Today we need a new framework for development that respects the true functioning of Earth’s climatic, geophysical, atmospheric, and ecological processes, a development paradigm in which human prosperity and economic growth occur within the safe operating space of a stable and resilient planet.

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