The New Scientist adapted graphs from Will Steffen’s and others 2004 Global Change and the Earth System: A Planet Under Pressure for their feature How our economy is killing the Earth.
The three graphs show
- first how various drivers of change have accelerated,
- how these human changes have driven change in the Earth system, and finally –
- when these graphs are combined the accelerating growth of human civilization’s impact on the planet is clear.
(click on graphs for larger versions)