Johan Rockström
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Environmental resource managementAgricultureWater resourcesEnvironmental scienceWater resource management
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#1Mario Herrero (CSIRO: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)H-Index: 58
#2Philip K. Thornton (ILRI: International Livestock Research Institute)H-Index: 55
Last. Karine Nyborg (Deakin University)
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Future technologies and systemic innovation are critical for the profound transformation the food system needs. These innovations range from food production, land use and emissions, all the way to improved diets and waste management. Here, we identify these technologies, assess their readiness and propose eight action points that could accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable food system. We argue that the speed of innovation could be significantly increased with the appropriate ince...
#1Tom Gleeson (UVic: University of Victoria)H-Index: 27
#2Lan Wang-Erlandsson (Stockholm Resilience Centre)H-Index: 8
Last. James S. Famiglietti (U of S: University of Saskatchewan)H-Index: 4
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#1Allie Goldstein (CI: Conservation International)H-Index: 1
#2Will R. Turner (CI: Conservation International)H-Index: 24
Last. Jennifer Howard (CI: Conservation International)H-Index: 5
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Avoiding catastrophic climate change requires rapid decarbonization and improved ecosystem stewardship. To achieve the latter, ecosystems should be prioritized by responsiveness to direct, localized action and the magnitude and recoverability of their carbon stores. Here, we show that a range of ecosystems contain ‘irrecoverable carbon’ that is vulnerable to release upon land use conversion and, once lost, is not recoverable on timescales relevant to avoiding dangerous climate impacts. Globally,...
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#1Tom Gleeson (UVic: University of Victoria)H-Index: 27
#2Lan Wang-Erlandsson (Stockholm Resilience Centre)H-Index: 1
Last. Line J. Gordon (Stockholm Resilience Centre)H-Index: 29
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The planetary boundaries framework proposes quantified guardrails to human modification of global environmental processes that regulate the stability of the planet and has been considered in sustainability science, governance, and corporate management. However, the planetary boundary for human freshwater use has been critiqued as a singular measure that does not reflect all types of human interference with the complex global water cycle and Earth System. We suggest that the water planetary bound...
#1Steven J. Lade (ANU: Australian National University)H-Index: 10
#2Will Steffen (ANU: Australian National University)H-Index: 53
Last. Johan Rockström (PIK: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)H-Index: 62
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The planetary boundary framework presents a ‘planetary dashboard’ of humanity’s globally aggregated performance on a set of environmental issues that endanger the Earth system’s capacity to support humanity. While this framework has been highly influential, a critical shortcoming for its application in sustainability governance is that it currently fails to represent how impacts related to one of the planetary boundaries affect the status of other planetary boundaries. Here, we surveyed and prov...
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#1Ilona M. Otto (PIK: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)H-Index: 10
#2Jonathan F. Donges (PIK: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)H-Index: 27
Last. Doe SspH-Index: 1
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Safely achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement requires a worldwide transformation to carbon-neutral societies within the next 30 y. Accelerated technological progress and policy implementations are required to deliver emissions reductions at rates sufficiently fast to avoid crossing dangerous tipping points in the Earth’s climate system. Here, we discuss and evaluate the potential of social tipping interventions (STIs) that can activate contagious processes of rapidly spreading techn...
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#1Dieter Gerten (Humboldt University of Berlin)H-Index: 13
#2Vera Heck (Aalto University)H-Index: 1
Last. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber (PIK: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)H-Index: 55
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Global agriculture puts heavy pressure on planetary boundaries, posing the challenge to achieve future food security without compromising Earth system resilience. On the basis of process-detailed, spatially explicit representation of four interlinked planetary boundaries (biosphere integrity, land-system change, freshwater use, nitrogen flows) and agricultural systems in an internally consistent model framework, we here show that almost half of current global food production depends on planetary...
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#1Will Steffen (ANU: Australian National University)H-Index: 53
#2Katherine Richardson (UCPH: University of Copenhagen)H-Index: 40
Last. Jane Lubchenco (OSU: Oregon State University)H-Index: 57
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Earth System Science (ESS) is a rapidly emerging transdisciplinary endeavour aimed at understanding the structure and functioning of the Earth as a complex, adaptive system. Here, we discuss the emergence and evolution of ESS, outlining the importance of these developments in advancing our understanding of global change. Inspired by early work on biosphere–geosphere interactions and by novel perspectives such as the Gaia hypothesis, ESS emerged in the 1980s following demands for a new ‘science o...
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#1Johan Rockström (PIK: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)H-Index: 62
#2Ottmar Edenhofer (PIK: Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)H-Index: 37
Last. Fabrice DeClerck (Bioversity International)H-Index: 28
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Without a great food system transformation, the world will fail to deliver both on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. There are five grand challenges to be faced, by science and society, to effect that transformation.
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#1Frederick Boltz (UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst)H-Index: 2
#2N. LeRoy Poff (CSU: Colorado State University)H-Index: 59
Last. Johan Rockström (Stockholm Resilience Centre)H-Index: 62
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Abstract Resilience is increasingly recognized as an imperative for any prospect of sustainable development, as it relates to our ability to sustain human well-being and progress under the planetary and societal changes that we face now and into the future. Yet, we are ill-prepared to meet this challenge. We neither fully understand nor manage consistently for resilience of the human and natural systems that we must steward through extraordinary change. A unifying approach and common currency wo...
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