2020 Feels Like Dark Fiction. Here's How Science Can Inspire a Better Future

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Dec 31, 2020 | World Economic Forum, Nick Pyenson, Alex Dehgan

Wildfires, climate change, biodiversity loss and the COVID-19 pandemic are all signs of changes in humanity's relationship with nature, argue Nick Pyenson and Alex Dehgan in their article for the World Economic Forum. The real world of 2020 is less unthinkable and more unbearable than fiction as humans risk seeing the massive gains in health, wealth, and security reversed by degradation losses in the next few decades. This acceleration defines the Anthropocene: The next 50 years are projected to recapitulate the past ten thousand years of environmental change. The authors suggest that scientists have the perspective needed to rethink the future and to help humanity use its outsized role in the evolutionary play to adapt and thrive in a new ecological theatre. 



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