Records from the past show that abrupt global change is the norm, not the exception, in the Earth System. Many recent changes-such as the globalization of the world's economy and the formation of the ozone hole over Antarctica-appear rapid even from the perspective of a single lifetime. What do we now know about the nature of abrupt changes in the Earth System and the probability that human actions could trigger them? & 2004 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Global and Planetary Change
- Environmental Engineering
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Water Science and Technology