A decade on, IGBP in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre has reassessed and updated the Great Acceleration indicators, first published in the IGBP synthesis, Global Change and the Earth System in 2004.
Human activity, predominantly the global economic system, is now the prime driver of change in the Earth System (the sum of our planet’s interacting physical, chemical, biological and human processes), according to a set of 24 global indicators, or “planetary dashboard”, published in the journal Anthropocene Review (16 January 2015).
The research charts the “Great Acceleration” in human activity from the start of the industrial revolution in 1750 to 2010, and the subsequent changes in the Earth System – greenhouse gas levels, ocean acidification, deforestation and biodiversity deterioration.
“It is difficult to overestimate the scale and speed of change. In a single lifetime humanity has become a planetary-scale geological force,” says lead author Professor Will Steffen, who led the joint project between the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Twelve indicators depict human activity, for example, economic growth (GDP), population, foreign direct investment, energy consumption, telecommunications, transportation and water use. Twelve indicators show changes in major environmental components of the Earth System, for example, the carbon cycle, nitrogen cycle and biodiversity. This new “planetary dashboard” highlights how the trajectories of Earth and human development are now lightly bound. The findings will be presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 21-24 January.
“When we first aggregated these datasets, we expected to see major changes but what surprised us was the timing. Almost all graphs show the same pattern. The most dramatic shifts have occurred since 1950. We can say that around 1950 was the start of the Great Acceleration,” said Professor Steffen, a researcher at the Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.
“After 1950 you can see that major Earth System changes became directly linked to changes largely related to the global economic system. This is a new phenomenon and indicates that humanity has a new responsibility at a global level for the planet,” he added.
The Latest on: Planetary dashboard
via Google News
The Latest on: Planetary dashboard
- LightSail 2 mission dashboard shows public solar spacecraft’s statuson July 5, 2019 at 2:11 pm
was the subject of an update from the Planetary Society today. According to the team behind the project, the public now has direct access to the latest data from the spacecraft via its newly launched ... […]
- How to watch Bill Nye’s LightSail 2 solar spaceship make history in real timeon July 5, 2019 at 11:27 am
If you want to keep track of the spacecraft, the Planetary Society has also launched a new mission control dashboard for the vessel. With it, anyone can access the most up-to-date information about ... […]
- New LightSail 2 mission dashboard lets anyone check in on solar sail spacecraft’s progresson July 5, 2019 at 9:06 am
The Planetary Society has launched a new mission control dashboard for LightSail 2, a crowdfunded spacecraft currently in orbit that’s going to test the performance of a true solar sail that’s ... […]
- See the Latest Data from LightSail 2 on Our New Mission Control Dashboardon July 5, 2019 at 7:07 am
Would you like to see the latest data from The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft—possibly before flight controllers have even seen it? Now you can! Today we're releasing a LightSail 2 mission ... […]
- First Contact! LightSail 2 Phones Home to Mission Controlon July 2, 2019 at 3:15 am
A time for the solar sail deployment attempt will be announced later. The Planetary Society will soon release a dashboard that displays LightSail 2 health telemetry, shows the spacecraft’s current ... […]
- Existing fossil fuel plants will push the world across a dangerous climate limit, research findson July 1, 2019 at 8:24 am
This fossil fuel infrastructure merely needs to continue operating over the course of its expected lifetime, and the world will emit over 650 billion tons of carbon dioxide, more than enough to dash ... […]
- Why NASA is sending a winged robot to Saturn's moon, Titanon June 30, 2019 at 5:54 pm
For one thing, Titan packs a very unmoon-like atmosphere. In fact, it may be the only moon in our solar system with an atmosphere — nitrogen mostly, with a dash of methane and hydrogen. And when ... […]
- What to Expect When LightSail 2 Launches into Spaceon June 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm
Once the sails are out, we will post a dashboard at sail.planetary.org offering pass predictions for your location. To learn more about The Planetary Society and become a member, please visit us at ... […]
- Did the Beta Taurid Meteor Shower Cause the 1908 Tunguska Explosion?on June 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm
As the comet's leavings dash through our atmosphere at speeds ranging between ... or more across, which entered the inner solar system some 20,000 years ago. By 10,000 years ago, the comet was parched ... […]
- A dash of political savvy saves some US space research planson November 10, 2017 at 2:28 am
This is the assessment of many scientists intimately involved in America's planetary program. They have gathered here this week for the annual get-together of the planetary science community, the ... […]
via Bing News