This book presents new evidence on the rapid emergence of ecosystem collapse in response to the progression of anthropogenic climate change dynamics that are expected to intensify as the climate continues to warm.
Author: Josep G. Canadell
Publisher: Springer Nature
Human-driven greenhouse emissions are increasing the velocity of climate change and the frequency and intensity of climate extremes far above historical levels. These changes, along with other human-perturbations, are setting the conditions for more rapid and abrupt ecosystem dynamics and collapse. This book presents new evidence on the rapid emergence of ecosystem collapse in response to the progression of anthropogenic climate change dynamics that are expected to intensify as the climate continues to warm. Discussing implications for biodiversity conservation, the chapters provide examples of such dynamics globally covering polar and boreal ecosystems, temperate and semi-arid ecosystems, as well as tropical and temperate coastal ecosystems. Given its scope, the volume appeals to scientists in the fields of general ecology, terrestrial and coastal ecology, climate change impacts, and biodiversity conservation.
Author: Daniel Macmillen VoskoboynikPublish On: 2018-09-25
This is vital reading for coming to grips with complexity and healing our separation from nature and each other. An exhilarating introduction to our ecological crisis, what caused it, and how we can imagine a better future.
Author: Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik
Category: Climate and civilization
The Memory We Could Be examines our relationship with nature and the unfolding climate crisis. It looks at how we got here, current impacts, and most importantly, how we can move away from fear and separation to build the memory of a more ecological and equitable world.
Human Dependence on Nature: How to Help Solve the Environmental Crisis.
Author: Haydn Washington
Category: Business & Economics
Humanity is dependent on Nature to survive, yet our society largely acts as if this is not the case. The energy that powers our very cells, the nutrients that make up our bodies, the ecosystem services that clean our water and air; these are all provided by the Nature from which we have evolved and of which we are a part. This book examines why we deny or ignore this dependence and what we can do differently to help solve the environmental crisis. Written in an accessible and engaging style, Haydn Washington provides an excellent overview of humanity's relationship with Nature. The book looks at energy flow, nutrient cycling, ecosystem services, ecosystem collapse as well as exploring our psychological and spiritual dependency on nature. It also examines anthropocentrism and denial as causes of our unwillingness to respect our inherent dependence on the natural environment. The book concludes by bringing these issues together and providing a framework for solutions to the environmental crisis.
Ecosystem Collapse systems to maintain their integrity when subjected to disturbance ( Holling , 1973 ; Ludwig et al . , 1997 ) . For most natural systems , One of the likely outcomes of climate change and sea - level rise knowledge of ...
Author: J. T. Houghton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis is the most comprehensive and up-to-date scientific assessment of past, present and future climate change. The report: • Analyses an enormous body of observations of all parts of the climate system. • Catalogues increasing concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases. • Assesses our understanding of the processes and feedbacks which govern the climate system. • Projects scenarios of future climate change using a wide range of models of future emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols. • Makes a detailed study of whether a human influence on climate can be identified. • Suggests gaps in information and understanding that remain in our knowledge of climate change and how these might be addressed. This latest IPCC assessment will again form the standard scientific reference for all concerned with climate change and its consequences, including students and researchers in all aspects of environmental and atmospheric science, and policymakers in governments and industry worldwide.
The numerous and varied indicators of environmental risks point toward the likelihood of a systemic and catastrophic ecological failure at some point during this century.
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Applied anthropology
The numerous and varied indicators of environmental risks point toward the likelihood of a systemic and catastrophic ecological failure at some point during this century. Political inaction and cultural resistance, meanwhile, are even preventing the implementation of already available technical solutions, which has led many experts to conclude that averting a global environmental catastrophe is, foremost, a socio-political, rather than a technical, challenge. The World Science Union (ICSU) has recognized that knowledge of the social sciences is indispensable for facilitating the major socio-cu.
In Sustainability or Collapse?, researchers from a range of scholarly disciplines develop an integrated human and environmental history over millennial, centennial, and decadal time scales and make projections for the future.
Author: Robert Costanza
Publisher: MIT Press
Human history, as written traditionally, leaves out the important ecological and climate context of historical events. But the capability to integrate the history of human beings with the natural history of the Earth now exists, and we are finding that human-environmental systems are intimately linked in ways we are only beginning to appreciate. In Sustainability or Collapse?, researchers from a range of scholarly disciplines develop an integrated human and environmental history over millennial, centennial, and decadal time scales and make projections for the future. The contributors focus on the human-environment interactions that have shaped historical forces since ancient times and discuss such key methodological issues as data quality. Topics highlighted include the political ecology of the Mayans; the effect of climate on the Roman Empire; the "revolutionary weather" of El Niño from 1788 to 1795; twentieth-century social, economic, and political forces in environmental change; scenarios for the future; and the accuracy of such past forecasts as The Limits to Growth.
A changing climate and increasing levels of UV light pose additional risks that superimpose upon existing threats . ... or they may offer " insurance " against ecosystem collapse in the face of disturbance ( Loreau et al .
Author: Thomas E. Lovejoy
Publisher: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
Category: Business & Economics
climate changes have had dramatic repercussions, including large numbers of extinctions and extensive shifts in species ranges
ecosystem. collapse. or. gradual. climate. change? “ In central Australia, the giant flightless bird Genyornis newtoni disappeared about 4550 thousand years ago (ka). It has been reported that coincident with this extinction the carbon ...
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