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

"If you've gotten time to learn one ebook in this topic, I hugely suggest the recent Big global, Small Planet, via Johan Rockstrom, director of the Stockholm Resilience middle, and Mattias Klum, whose lovely images of atmosphere disruptions toughen the urgency of the moment."—Thomas L. Friedman, New York instances

Big international, Small Planet probes the pressing obstacle of our instances: how is it attainable to create a favorable destiny for either humanity and Earth? now we have 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 usual structures, with cascading results for human societies. during this striking ebook, the authors mix the most recent technology with compelling storytelling and remarkable images to create a brand new narrative for humanity’s destiny. Johan Rockström and Mattias Klum reject the thought that financial development and human prosperity can merely be completed on the price of our environment. They contend that we've got extraordinary possibilities to navigate a “good Anthropocene.” through embracing a deep mind-shift, humanity can reconnect to Earth, notice common values, and tackle the fundamental position 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 valuable, attainable, and sustainable for coming generations.


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This actually happened in the 1998 El Niño event which warmed the Indian and Pacific Oceans above a critical threshold, causing a major bleaching event. Up to 90 percent of coral reef systems collapsed in large parts of the Caribbean Sea and Indian Ocean. Many tipped over into a new state of soft coral and seaweed-dominated systems, when a new feedback kicked in, stimulating rapid dominance of seaweed. In some parts, a rich diversity of fish, particularly grazers, enabled coral reefs to bounce back and remain in the desired hard coral state by grazing down the onslaught of seaweed and thereby enabling the regeneration of hard coral.

53 in the world. The “brown cloud” also reduced the so-called optical depth of incoming solar radiation (one of the nine planetary boundaries), where the thick smog of air pollutants dims incoming solar radiation and functions as a mirror, reflecting back incoming sunlight to space. This cools the planet, creating the paradox of one environmental problem (aerosols from forest burning and combustion) camouflaging another (emission of greenhouse gases). But it also affects regional rainfall patterns, such as the Southeast Asian monsoon, which in turn affects the economies of Singapore, India, Hong Kong, and beyond.

Oceans, land, water, and biodiversity, through flows and stocks of energy, nutrients, carbon, and other elements, can dampen or reinforce the impacts of external punches. In the geologic past, these “punches” came from outer space. Today they come from us humans. Fundamentally, it is the same thing. Our emissions of greenhouse gases prompt a planetary-scale energy imbalance. The grand question is how does Earth respond? So far, Earth has applied its biophysical resilience to absorb disturbances, hiding away 90 percent of the heat from greenhouse gas emissions in the ocean, and soaking up more than 50 percent of our CO2 emissions in natural ecosystems.

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