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Policy design for the Anthropocene

Sterner, Thomas; Barbier, Edward B.; Bateman, Ian; van den Bijgaart, Inge; Crépin, Anne Sophie; Edenhofer, Ottmar; Fischer, Carolyn; Habla, Wolfgang; Hassler, John and Johansson-Stenman, Olof, et al. (2019) In Nature Sustainability 2(1). p.14-21
Abstract

Today, more than ever, ‘Spaceship Earth’ is an apt metaphor as we chart the boundaries for a safe planet1. Social scientists both analyse why society courts disaster by approaching or even overstepping these boundaries and try to design suitable policies to avoid these perils. Because the threats of transgressing planetary boundaries are global, long-run, uncertain and interconnected, they must be analysed together to avoid conflicts and take advantage of synergies. To obtain policies that are effective at both international and local levels requires careful analysis of the underlying mechanisms across scientific disciplines and approaches, and must take politics into account. In this Perspective, we examine the complexities... (More)

Today, more than ever, ‘Spaceship Earth’ is an apt metaphor as we chart the boundaries for a safe planet1. Social scientists both analyse why society courts disaster by approaching or even overstepping these boundaries and try to design suitable policies to avoid these perils. Because the threats of transgressing planetary boundaries are global, long-run, uncertain and interconnected, they must be analysed together to avoid conflicts and take advantage of synergies. To obtain policies that are effective at both international and local levels requires careful analysis of the underlying mechanisms across scientific disciplines and approaches, and must take politics into account. In this Perspective, we examine the complexities of designing policies that can keep Earth within the biophysical limits favourable to human life.

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  abstract     = {<p>Today, more than ever, ‘Spaceship Earth’ is an apt metaphor as we chart the boundaries for a safe planet<sup>1</sup>. Social scientists both analyse why society courts disaster by approaching or even overstepping these boundaries and try to design suitable policies to avoid these perils. Because the threats of transgressing planetary boundaries are global, long-run, uncertain and interconnected, they must be analysed together to avoid conflicts and take advantage of synergies. To obtain policies that are effective at both international and local levels requires careful analysis of the underlying mechanisms across scientific disciplines and approaches, and must take politics into account. In this Perspective, we examine the complexities of designing policies that can keep Earth within the biophysical limits favourable to human life.</p>},
  author       = {Sterner, Thomas and Barbier, Edward B. and Bateman, Ian and van den Bijgaart, Inge and Crépin, Anne Sophie and Edenhofer, Ottmar and Fischer, Carolyn and Habla, Wolfgang and Hassler, John and Johansson-Stenman, Olof and Lange, Andreas and Polasky, Stephen and Rockström, Johan and Smith, Henrik G. and Steffen, Will and Wagner, Gernot and Wilen, James E. and Alpízar, Francisco and Azar, Christian and Carless, Donna and Chávez, Carlos and Coria, Jessica and Engström, Gustav and Jagers, Sverker C. and Köhlin, Gunnar and Löfgren, Åsa and Pleijel, Håkan and Robinson, Amanda},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {14--21},
  series       = {Nature Sustainability},
  title        = {Policy design for the Anthropocene},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0194-x},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2019},
}