Tomorrow's Earth

New this month: : how "well-being" metrics of human welfare can guide economically and environmentally sustainable policies; and how working landscapes can facilitate biodiversity and sustainable use.

Coming next month: how innate human behavior influences people’s actions with regards to the environment; how to reconcile agricultural production with environmental enhancement; and how scientists can help people appreciate the value of the natural environment.

As the human population has grown over recent decades, our profound impact on the entire planet has become starkly apparent. Increasing affluence has led to expectations of good-quality health care, full employment, and the ability to live in cities that are safe, affordable, and clean. Yet these advantages for some come at a cost to others and to the planet itself. Human activities have led to a warming climate, massive landscape conversion, pollution, depletion of natural resources (crucially, fresh water and soil), defaunation, and loss of biodiversity. Today, global human society stands at a decision point. Business-as-usual approaches are likely to lead to catastrophic changes to our planet and our health and well-being. What will it take for universal recognition of our perilous position, and how can we begin to make the often-difficult changes required to live in a more sustainable, cooperative, and compassionate way? In this special series, we call attention to these choices and explore some of the possible routes to a more sustainable future.

Caroline Ash, Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink, Sacha Vignieri

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Landscapes that work for biodiversity and people
C. Kremen and A. M. Merenlender
Journal Article | Science Date: 19-Oct-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau6020


Well-being in metrics and policy
C. Graham, K. Laffan, and S. Pinto
Journal Article | Science Date: 19-Oct-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau5234


Space for nature
Jonathan Baillie, Ya-Ping Zhang
Journal Article | Science Date: 13-Sep-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau1397


Gaia 2.0
Timothy M. Lenton, Bruno Latour
Journal Article | Science Date: 13-Sep-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau0427


Looking ahead
Andrew Robinson
Journal Article | Science Date: 13-Sep-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau9686


The promise and peril of universal health care
David E. Bloom, Alexander Khoury, Ramnath Subbaraman
Journal Article | Science Date: 23-Aug-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aat9644


The paradox of irrigation efficiency
R. Q. Grafton, J. Williams, C. J. Perry, F. Molle, C. Ringler, P. Steduto, B. Udall, S. A. Wheeler, Y. Wang, D. Garrick, R. G. Allen
Journal Article | Science Date: 23-Aug-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aat9314


How AI can be a force for good
Mariarosaria Taddeo, Luciano Floridi
Journal Article | Science Date: 23-Aug-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aat5991


Meat consumption, health, and the environment
H. Charles J. Godfray, Paul Aveyard, Tara Garnett, Jim W. Hall, Timothy J. Key, Jamie Lorimer, Ray T. Pierrehumbert, Peter Scarborough, Marco Springmann, Susan A. Jebb
Journal Article | Science Date: 19-Jul-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aam5324


A path to clean water
Klaus Kümmerer, Dionysios D. Dionysiou, Oliver Olsson, Despo Fatta-Kassinos
Journal Article | Science Date: 19-Jul-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau2405


Regulate to reduce chemical mixture risk
Andreas Kortenkamp, Michael Faust
Journal Article | Science Date: 19-Jul-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aat9219


Getting it right on GMOs
José R. Dinneny
Journal Article | Science Date: 28-Jun-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aat8772


Education for the future
Barbara Pietrzak, Adrian Ward, Man Kit Cheung, Beat A. Schwendimann, Gurkan Mollaoglu, Michael Tran Duong, Nils Ulltveit-Moe, Veerasathpurush Allareddy, Ken Dutton-Regester, Jian Zhang, Matthew A. Scult, Saima Naz, Poonam C. Singh, Hong Young Yan, Kyle Isaacson, Allison F. Dennis, Eyad Ibrahim Al-Humaidan, Felicia Rounds Beardsley, Cody Lo, Prashant Sood, Tyler Jones, Rense Nieuwenhuis, Basant A. Ali, Kun-Hsing Yu, Patrick Kobina Arthur, Brijesh Kumar, Alexander Chen, Falko Buschke, Lubomír Cingl, Syed Shan-e-Ali Zaidi, Anthony Peter O'Mullane, Vinet Coetzee, Nikos Konstantinides
Journal Article | Science Date: 28-Jun-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau3877


Toward a sustainable materials system
Elsa A. Olivetti, Jonathan M. Cullen
Journal Article | Science Date: 28-Jun-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aat6821


Net-zero emissions energy systems
Steven J. Davis, Nathan S. Lewis, Matthew Shaner, Sonia Aggarwal, Doug Arent, Inês L. Azevedo, Sally M. Benson, Thomas Bradley, Jack Brouwer, Yet-Ming Chiang, Christopher T. M. Clack, Armond Cohen, Stephen Doig, Jae Edmonds, Paul Fennell, Christopher B. Field, Bryan Hannegan, Bri-Mathias Hodge, Martin I. Hoffert, Eric Ingersoll, Paulina Jaramillo, Klaus S. Lackner, Katharine J. Mach, Michael Mastrandrea, Joan Ogden, Per F. Peterson, Daniel L. Sanchez, Daniel Sperling, Joseph Stagner, Jessika E. Trancik, Chi-Jen Yang, Ken Caldeira
Journal Article | Science Date: 28-Jun-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aas9793


Tomorrow's Earth
Jeremy Berg
Journal Article | Science Date: 28-Jun-2018 DOI: 10.1126/science.aau5515

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