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The changing Earth - New scientific challenges for ESA's living planet programme


Grassl,  Hartmut
Emeritus Scientific Members, MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

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Liebig, V., Herland, E.-A., Briggs, S., & Grassl, H. (2007). The changing Earth - New scientific challenges for ESA's living planet programme. ESA Bulletin, 129, 8-17.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000C-8AAF-4
Global change is the most fundamental challenge facing humanity today. As we begin to understand more about the Earth as a system, it is clear that human activity is having a profound and negative impact on our environment. For example, our understanding of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas and the strong link between atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and temperature both point to human activity leading to a warmer world, unlike anything seen over the last million years. A better knowledge of the Earth System and of the effect of increasing human activity is crucially important for managing our environment and our ability to derive sustainable benefit.