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    China recently announced its intention to peak its carbon-dioxide emissions. How soon could the emissions peak and at what absolute value? Libo Wu explores.
  • The greening of the Southern Hemisphere


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Published: March 19, 2012

Global Change Magazine No. 78

In this issue, we take a look at the Anthropocene, humanity's epoch. We also examine urban expansion, consumption of resources, natural catastrophes' effects on economics and how to better build our future.

The following feature articles from this issue


can be read on-line.

Anthropocene: an epoch of our making
Has human activity over the past two centuries pushed the Earth out of the Holocene and into the Anthropocene?

The rise and rise of urban expansion
Urban land area has expanded globally during the past few decades, a trend that looks set to continue in the foreseeable future.

Addicted to resources
Current levels of resource consumption are unsustainable in the long term.

Risky business
Economic losses due to natural catastrophes set a record high in 2011.

Building our future
A call for closer collaboration between engineers and climate researchers.

Here you can download articles to read them as Pdfs

Entire magazine PDF (pdf, 11.3 MB)

Cover and contents PDF (pdf, 11.3 MB)

Editorial PDF (pdf, 328.2 kB)

NewsPDF (pdf, 1.8 MB)

Anthropocene: an epoch of our makingPDF (pdf, 1.3 MB)
Has human activity over the past two centuries pushed the Earth out of the Holocene and into the Anthropocene?

The rise and rise of urban expansionPDF (pdf, 3.6 MB)
Urban land area has expanded globally during the past few decades, a trend that looks set to continue in the foreseeable future.

Addicted to resources PDF (pdf, 1.5 MB)
Current levels of resource consumption are unsustainable in the long term.

Risky businessPDF (pdf, 607.2 kB)
Economic losses due to natural catastrophes set a record high in 2011.

Building our futurePDF (pdf, 1.1 MB)
A call for closer collaboration between engineers and climate researchers.

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