March 24, 2010
Earth’s Health Reaching Critical Tipping Point
Climate change is just one of the problems
With climate change at the front and center of today's political debates, the other indicators of the Earth's environmental health are not always top of mind in the public conscience.
Foley calls for swift action to address these developments and push back from planetary "tipping points" that would thrust the global environment and human life into dangerous new territory. First steps include promptly switching to low-carbon energy sources, curtailing land clearing and revolutionizing agricultural practices.
To listen to a podcast of Foley discussing this article and to view a video dramatizing the issues raised, visit http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=is-earth-past-the-tipping-point-2010-03-18.
Foley is director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment. Originally trained as an atmospheric scientist, he works primarily on the nexus of land use, agriculture and the global environment.
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