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Climate change: the necessary, the possible and the desirable Earth League climate statement on the implications for climate policy from the 5th IPCC Assessment

Rockström, Johan, Brasseur, Guy, Hoskins, Brian, Lucht, Wolfgang, Schellnhuber, John, Kabat, Pavel, Nakicenovic, Nebojsa, Gong, Peng, Schlosser, Peter, Máñez Costa, Maria, Humble, April, Eyre, Nick, Gleick, Peter, James, Rachel, Lucena, Andre, Masera, Omar, Moench, Marcus, Schaeffer, Roberto, Seitzinger, Sybil, van der Leeuw, Sander, Ward, Bob, Stern, Nicholas, Hurrell, James, Srivastava, Leena, Morgan, Jennifer, Nobre, Carlos, Sokona, Youba, Cremades, Roger, Roth, Ellinor, Liverman, Diana and Arnott, James (2014) Climate change: the necessary, the possible and the desirable Earth League climate statement on the implications for climate policy from the 5th IPCC Assessment. Earth's Future, 2 (12). pp. 606-611. ISSN 2328-4277

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Identification Number: 10.1002/2014EF000280

Abstract

The development of human civilisations has occurred at a time of stable climate. This climate stability is now threatened by human activity. The rising global climate risk occurs at a decisive moment for world development. World nations are currently discussing a global development agenda consequent to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which ends in 2015. It is increasingly possible to envisage a world where absolute poverty is largely eradicated within one generation and where ambitious goals on universal access and equal opportunities for dignified lives are adopted. These grand aspirations for a world population approaching or even exceeding nine billion in 2050 is threatened by substantial global environmental risks and by rising inequality. Research shows that development gains, in both rich and poor nations, can be undermined by social, economic and ecological problems caused by human-induced global environmental change. Climate risks, and associated changes in marine and terrestrial ecosystems that regulate the resilience of the climate system, are at the forefront of these global risks. We, as citizens with a strong engagement in Earth system science and socio-ecological dynamics, share the vision of a more equitable and prosperous future for the world, yet we also see threats to this future from shifts in climate and environmental processes. Without collaborative action now, our shared Earth system may not be able to sustainably support a large proportion of humanity in the decades ahead.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/agu/journal...
Additional Information: ©2014 The Authors.
Divisions: Grantham Research Institute
India Observatory
Climate Change Economics and Policy
Asia Centre
STICERD
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Sets: Research centres and groups > Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Research centres and groups > India Observatory
Research centres and groups > Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)
Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2015 14:07
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63023

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