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The anthropocene: From global change to planetary stewardship

Steffen, Will; Persson, Asa; Deutsch, Lisa; Zalasiewicz, J; Williams, Mark; Richardson, Katherine; Crumley, Carole L; Crutzen, Paul J; Folke, Carl; Gordon, Line J; Molina, Mario; Ramanathan, Veerabhadran; Rockstrom, Johan; Scheffer, Marten; Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim; Svedin, Uno


Over the past century, the total material wealth of humanity has been enhanced. However, in the twentyfirst century, we face scarcity in critical resources, the degradation of ecosystem services, and the erosion of the planet's capability to absorb our wastes. Equity issues remain stubbornly difficult to solve. This situation is novel in its speed, its global scale and its threat to the resilience of the Earth System. The advent of the Anthropence, the time interval in which human activities...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-011-0185-x


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