Visualizing the great acceleration – part ii

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

  1. first how various drivers of change have accelerated,
  2. how these human changes have driven change in the Earth system, and finally –
  3. when these graphs are combined the accelerating growth of human civilization’s impact on the planet is clear.

(click on graphs for larger versions)

5 thoughts on “Visualizing the great acceleration – part ii”

  1. No. There would be very little difference w/ ~5yrs more data on graphs with 100-500 yr x-axis. I expect the next big global assessment will have some kind of update or an IGBP synthesis project.

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