30 Dec '16, 11pm

#YearInReview - from Nov 2016 - Transformational shifts to protect global commons

The following post initially appeared on UNEP’s Climate Action site. “The future ain’t what it used to be.” The great baseball player and amateur philosopher Yogi Berra sadly died last year. But his famous dictum about the future is more alive than ever. Our future is definitely not what it used to be. And it cannot be. Think about the sheer expansion of the human economic footprint. The world’s real GDP grew more than 20-fold in the 20th century, and with a relatively modest annual growth rate of 3 percent will grow another 20-fold this century. A 4 percent growth rate would yield a 50-fold increase this century, implying a real economy at the end of this century 1,000 times the size of that in 1900. No wonder we are entering a new geological age: from the Holocene to the Anthropocene! This amazing growth has enabled the greatest reduction in global poverty in history – a...

Full article: http://www.wri.org/blog/2016/11/transformational-shifts-p...

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