Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance

Science  16 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6074, pp. 1306-1307
DOI: 10.1126/science.1217255

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Science assessments indicate that human activities are moving several of Earth's sub-systems outside the range of natural variability typical for the previous 500,000 years (1, 2). Human societies must now change course and steer away from critical tipping points in the Earth system that might lead to rapid and irreversible change (3). This requires fundamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions toward more effective Earth system governance and planetary stewardship.