• Using the Planet


    Even before the advent of agriculture, Homo sapiens kicked off an entirely new process of planetary change. Earth would never be the same. Instead of mere centuries, Erle C Ellis advances a broader view of the Anthropocene, over many millennia, and what that means for land stewardship.
  • Lessons from a simulated civilisation


    The rise and fall of the ancient Maya has
    intrigued historians and archaeologists for decades. Now, Earth-system scientists are taking a keen interest. Scott Heckbert asks: what role might environmental conditions and trade play in the growth and eventual collapse of a civilisation?

photo: iStockphoto/Alex Nikada
Published: December 20, 2012

What is the vision for Future Earth?

A new series of short interviews with the Future Earth transition team articulate why Future Earth and why now.
Future Earth is a new 10-year international research initiative on global sustainability. It will mobilize thousands of scientists in an international research endeavour and create new partnerships with policy, industry and society.  

Johan Rockström introduces Future Earth

How will Future Earth affect the international funding landscape?

How will Future Earth work in practice?

What are the main challenges facing Future Earth?

What is the vision of Future Earth?

Why do we need Future Earth?

How will Future Earth respond directly to the needs of people?

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