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Walker, B.H., L. Pearson, M. Harris, K.G. Mäler, L. Chuan-Zhong, R. Biggs and T. Baynes. Incorporating resilience in the assessment of Inclusive Wealth: An example from South East Australia. 2010. Environmental and Resource Economics 45: 183-202. DOI 10.1007/s10640-009-9311-7.
Publication review Researchers show how loss of resilience means loss of welfare. What is an extra unit of resilience worth? Previous research has shown how ecosystems can be included in wealth measurements . Now, centre researchers have tried to figure out how to put a price on resilience in order to include it in measures social-ecological welfare. How to evaluate trade-offs Using the Goulburn-Broken Catchment in sou...
Huitric M (Ed.), Walker B, Moberg F, Österblom H, Sandin L, Grandin U, Olsson P., Bodegård J. (2009). Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Resilience – Governance for a Future with Global Changes. Background report for the scientific workshop Biodiversity, ecosystem services and governance – targets beyond 2010, Tjärnö, Sweden, 4-6 September 2009.
Publication review This report is a scientific background report intended to support deliberations at the high level meeting “Visions for Biodiversity Beyond 2010 - People, Ecosystem Services and the Climate Crisis" in Strömstad, 7-9 September, during the Swedish EU Presidency. It calls for a better management of the dynamics between social-ecological systems. - Halting biodiversity loss and sustaining ecosystem services for...
Chapin, F.S., III, Kofinas, G.P., Folke, C., Carpenter, S.R., Olsson, P., Abel, N., Biggs, R., Naylor, R.L., Pinkerton, E., Stafford Smith, D.M., Steffen, W., Walker, B.H., Young, O.R. (2009). Resilience-based stewardship: Strategies for navigating sustainable pathways in a changing world. In Principles of Ecosystem Stewardship: Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management in a Changing World. F.S. Chapin III, G.P. Kofinas, C. Folke (eds.). Springer Verlag, New York, pp. 319-337.
Publication review Accelerated global changes in climate, environment, and social—ecological systems demand a transformation in human perceptions of our place in nature and patterns of resource use. The biology and culture of Homo sapiens evolved for about 95% of our species´ history in hunting-and-gathering societies before the emergence of settled agriculture. We have lived in complex societies for about 3%, and in indust...
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Walker, B.H., Barrett, S., Polasky, S., Galaz, V., Folke, C., Engström, G., Ackerman, F., Arrow, K., Carpenter, S., Chopra, K., Daily, G., Ehrlich, P., Hughes, T., Kautsky, N., Levin, S., Mäler, K-G., Shogren, J., Vincent, J., Xepapadeas, T., de Zeeuw, A. (2009). Looming global-scale failures and missing institutions. Science 325: 1345-1346
Publication review Energy, food, and water crises; climate disruption; declining fisheries; increasing ocean acidification; emerging diseases; and increasing antibiotic resistance are examples of serious, intertwined global-scale challenges spawned by the accelerating scale of human activity. They are outpacing the development of institutions to deal with them and their many interactive effects. The core of the problem is i...
Rockström, J., Steffen, W., Noone, K., Persson, Å., Chapin, III, F.S., Lambin, E., Lenton, T.M., Scheffer, M., Folke, C., Schellnhuber, H., Nykvist, B., De Wit, C.A., Hughes, T., van der Leeuw, S., Rodhe, H., Sörlin, S., Snyder, P.K., Costanza, R., Svedin, U., Falkenmark, M., Karlberg, L., Corell, R.W., Fabry, V.J., Hansen, J., Walker, B.H., Liverman, D., Richardson, K., Crutzen, C., Foley. J. (2009). A safe operating space for humanity. Nature 461: 472-475 DOI 10.1038/461472a
Publication review Identifying and quantifying planetary boundaries that must not be transgressed could help prevent human activities from causing unacceptable environmental change, argue Johan Rockström and colleagues. - New approach proposed for defining preconditions for human development - Crossing certain biophysical thresholds could have disastrous consequences for humanity - Three of nine interlinked planetary bound...
Rockström, J., W. Steffen, K. Noone, Å. Persson, F. S. Chapin, III, E. Lambin, T. M. Lenton, M. Scheffer, C. Folke, H. Schellnhuber, B. Nykvist, C. A. De Wit, T. Hughes, S. van der Leeuw, H. Rodhe, S. Sörlin, P. K. Snyder, R. Costanza, U. Svedin, M. Falkenmark, L. Karlberg, R. W. Corell, V. J. Fabry, J. Hansen, B. Walker, D. Liverman, K. Richardson, P. Crutzen, and J. Foley. 2009. Planetary boundaries:exploring the safe operating space for humanity. Ecology and Society 14(2): 32. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss2/art32/
Publication review Anthropogenic pressures on the Earth System have reached a scale where abrupt global environmental change can no longer be excluded. We propose a new approach to global sustainability in which we define planetary boundaries within which we expect that humanity can operate safely. Transgressing one or more planetary boundaries may be deleterious or even catastrophic due to the risk of crossing thresholds t...
Policy brief or report
– A report by Stockholm Resilience Centre produced for the Swedish Government’s Commission on Sustainable Development, March 2009
Norberg, J., Wilson, J., Walker, B., Ostrom, E., 2008, Diversity and Resilience of Social-Ecological Systems. in Norberg, J. & Cummings, G. (eds.) Complexity theory for a sustainable future. Columbia University press, New York.
Publication review This chapter is part of a book published by Columbia University Press. The book includes nine chapters focusing on different aspects of complexity theory, and how it can be applied to interactions between ecosystems and society to solve some of today's most pressing environmental issues. Jon Norberg has co-edited the new book “Complexity Theory for a Sustainable Future" together with Associate Professor G...
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Hughes T.P., L. Gunderson, C. Folke, A. Baird, D. Bellwood, F. Berkes, B. Crona, A. Helfgott, H. Leslie, J. Norberg, M. Nystrom, P. Olsson, H. Österbloom, M. Scheffer, H. Schuttenberg, R.S. Steneck, M. Tengö, M. Troell, B. Walker, J. Wilson, and B. Worm. 2007. Adaptive management of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon World Heritage Areas. Ambio 36:586-592.
Publication review - Simplistic approaches that ignore social and economic linkages are doomed to failure, says researchers from Stockholm Resilience Centre in this article on adaptive management in social-ecological landscapes. The researchers, which include Science Director Carl Folke, Per Olsson, Henrik Österblom, Marten Scheffer, Max Troell and Brian Walker, state that old paradigms that view humans as separate entities ...
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