Big World, Small Planet

Stuff Happens to the Environment, Like Climate Change, is an eye opener , it should be read by every one and specially by our politicians at all levels.

his main pitch is about Environment and how we need to more to make better decisions. He says,

If you have time to read one book on this subject, I highly recommend the new “Big World, Small Planet*,” by Johan Rockstrom, director of the Stockholm Resilience Center, and Mattias Klum, whose stunning photographs of ecosystem disruptions reinforce the urgency of the moment.

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I know you are UPSC aspirant and very busy, So I suggest you watch this video,instead of reading book , by Johan Rockstrom, as as human being you have the responsibility to watch this and understand what he is saying, UPSC or not this is life changing.I am sure you will find yourself better than before after watching this video. Its 1 hour 10 min long.

Rockstrom begins his argument with a reminder that for most of the earth’s 4.5-billion-year history its climate was not very hospitable to human beings, as it oscillated between “punishing ice ages and lush warm periods” that locked humanity into seminomadic lifestyles.

It’s only been in the last 10,000 years that we have enjoyed the stable climate conditions allowing civilizations to develop based on agriculture that could support towns and cities. This period, known as the Holocene, was an “almost miraculously stable and warm interglacial equilibrium, which is the only state of the planet we know for sure can support the modern world as we know it.” It finally gave us “a stable equilibrium of forests, savannahs, coral reefs, grasslands, fish, mammals, bacteria, air quality, ice cover, temperature, fresh water availability and productive soils.”

“The planet has demonstrated an impressive capacity to maintain its balance, using every trick in its bag to stay in the current state,” explains Rockstrom. But there are more and more signs that we may have reached a saturation point. Forests show the first signs of absorbing less carbon. The oceans are rapidly acidifying as they absorb more CO2, harming fish and coral. Global average temperatures keep rising.

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