Building Social Capital With A One Planet Economy

Environmental Energetics

An economy that demands infinite growth is not compatible with the one planet we have.

Humans are eating away at our own life support systems at a rate unseen in the past 10,000 years by degrading land and freshwater systems, emitting greenhouse gases and releasing vast amounts of agricultural chemicals into the environment.

Two major new studies by an international team of researchers have pinpointed the key factors that ensure a livable planet for humans, with stark results. They found that the changes over the last 60 years are unprecedented in the previous 10,000 years, a period in which the world has had a relatively stable climate and human civilizations have advanced significantly.

Carbon dioxide levels of 395.5 parts per million are at historic highs, while loss of biosphere integrity is resulting in species becoming extinct at a rate more than 100 times faster than the previous norm.

Since 1950 urban…

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