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Galaz, V., D. Galafassi, J. Tallberg, A. Boin, E. Hey, C. Ituarte-Lima, J. Dunagan, P. Olsson, R. Österbergh, F. Westley. 2014. Connected Risks, Connected Solutions. Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, and the Global Challenges Foundation, Stockholm.
What are some of the best ways to address such global connected risks? Which tangible global governance pathways exist, how realistic are the existing international reform proposals, and what would they imply? These issues are explored in the newly launched report "Connected Risks, Connected Solutions?" which was recently launched during a seminar held on November 18. The report is the result of collaboration between scholars...
Galaz, V. 2014. Global Environmental Governance, Technology and Politics: The Anthropocene Gap. Edgar Elgar Publishing
We live on an increasingly human-dominated planet. Our impact on the Earth has become so huge that researchers now suggest that it merits its own geological epoch - the 'Anthropocene' - the age of humans. Combining theory development and case studies of 'planetary boundaries', emerging infectious diseases, financial markets and geoengineering, this groundbreaking book explores the 'Anthropocene Gap' otherwise known as society'...
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Olsson, P., V. Galaz, W.J. Boonstra. 2014. Sustainability transformations: A resilience perspective. Ecology and Society 19(4): 1.
Scholars and policy makers are becoming increasingly interested in the processes that lead to transformations toward sustainability. We explored how resilience thinking, and a stronger focus on social-ecological systems, can contribute to existing studies of sustainability transformations. First, we responded to two major points of critique: the claim that resilience theory is not useful for addressing sustainability transfo...
Barrett, S., T.M. Lenton, A. Millner, A. Tavoni, S. Carpenter, J.M. Anderies, F.S. Chapin III, A.-S. Crépin, G. Daily, P. Ehrlich, C. Folke, V. Galaz, T. Hughes, N. Kautsky, E.F. Lambin, R. Naylor, K. Nyborg, S. Polasky, M. Scheffer, J. Wilen, A. Xepapadeas, A. de Zeeuw 2014. Climate Engineering Reconsidered. Nature Climate Change, 4, 527-529
Galaz, V., Österblom, H., Bodin, Ö., Crona, B. 2014. Global networks and global change-induced tipping points. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 1573-1553, 10.1007/s10784-014-9253-6
The existence of “tipping points” in human–environmental systems at multiple scales—such as abrupt negative changes in coral reef ecosystems, “runaway” climate change, and interacting nonlinear “planetary boundaries”—is often viewed as a substantial challenge for governance due to their inherent uncertainty, potential for rapid and large system change, and possible cascading effects on human well-being. Despite an i...
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Galaz, V., Cornell, S., Rockström, J., Persson, Å. 2012. Environment: Planetary boundaries concept is valuable. Nature, 486, 191-191
Galaz, V., Biermann, F., Folke, C., Nilsson, M., Olsson, P. 2012. Global environmental governance and planetary boundaries: An introduction. Ecological Economics, 81, 1-3
The notion of 'planetary boundaries' is rapidly diffusing into a range of policy arenas and has clearly stimulated a discussion on the need to reform international environmental governance. This article summarizes the special section “Global Environmental Governance and Planetary Boundaries". The articles in this section highlight several dimensions for the governance of 'planetary boundaries' and offer a rich picture of the...
Galaz, V. 2012. Geo-engineering, governance, and social-ecological systems: critical issues and joint research needs. Ecology and Society, 17(1), 24
The debate about the possibilities to engineer the Earth's climate has changed drastically in the last years. Suggestions of large-scale technological interventions to combat climate change that a decade ago would have been discarded as science fiction are slowly moving into the center of international climate change discussions, research, and politics. In this article, I elaborate three joint key challenges to geo-engineeri...
Galaz, V. et.al. Planetary boundaries – exploring the challenges for global environmental governance. Curr. Opin. Environ. Sustain (2012), doi: 10.1016/j.cosust.2012.01.006
Publication review A range of studies from Earth system scientists argue that human activities drive multiple, interacting effects that cascade through the Earth system. Recent contributions state and quantify nine, interacting 'planetary boundaries' with possible threshold effects. This article provides an overview of the global governance challenges that follow from this notion of multiple, interacting and possibly non-li...
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Galaz, V., Moberg, F., Olsson, E.-K., Paglia, E. and Parker, C. , Institutional and Political Leadership Dimensions of Cascading Ecological Crises. Public Administration, no. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2010.01883.x
Publication review While some of the future impacts of global environmental change such as some aspects of climate change can be projected and prepared for in advance, other effects are likely to surface as surprises - that is situations in which the behaviour in a system, or across systems, differs qualitatively from expectations. Here we analyse a set of institutional and political leadership challenges posed by 'cascadin...
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