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Earth stewardship: Shaping a sustainable future through interacting policy and norm shifts

Chapin III, F.S., E. Weber, E. Bennett, R. Biggs, J. van den Bergh, W.N. Adger, A.-S. Crepin, S. Polasky, C. Folke, M. Scheffer, K. Segerson, J. Anderies, S. Barrett, J.C. Cardenas, S.R. Carpenter, J. Fischer, N. Kautsky, S.A. Levin, J. Shogren, B.H. Walker, J. Wilen, and A. de Zeeuw. 2022. Earth stewardship: Shaping a sustainable future through interacting policy and norm shifts. Ambio https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-022-01721-3.

Transformation toward a sustainable future requires an earth stewardship approach to shift society from its current goal of increasing material wealth to a vision of sustaining built, natural, human, and social capital—equitably distributed across society, within and among nations. Widespread concern about earth’s current trajectory and support for actions that would foster more sustainable pathways suggests potential social tipping points in public demand for an...

Book chapter
What are social-ecological systems and social-ecological systems research?

Biggs, R., H. Clements, A. de Vos, C. Folke, A. Manyani, K. Maciejewski, B. Martín-Lópes, R. Preiser, O. Selomane and M. Schlüter. 2021. What are social-ecological systems and social-ecological systems research?. In: Biggs, R., A. de Vos, R. Preiser, H. Clements, K. Maciejewski and M. Schlüter (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods for Social-Ecological Systems. Routledge, London, UK. Pp. 3-26.

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Resilience: Now more than ever

Folke, C., S. Carpenter, T. Elmqvist, L. Gunderson and B. Walker. 2021. Resilience: Now more than ever. Ambio 50(10):1774-1777.

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Commentary : Resilience and Social-Ecological Systems: A Handful of Frontiers

Folke, C., L.J. Haider, S.J. Lade, A.V. Norström and J. Rocha. 2021. Commentary : Resilience and Social-Ecological Systems: A Handful of Frontiers. Global Environmental Change 71:102400.

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WTO must ban harmful fisheries subsidies

Sumaila, U.R., D. Skerritt, A. Schuhbauer, S. Villasante, A.M. Cisneros-Montemayor, H. Sinan, D Burnside, et al. 2021. WTO must ban harmful fisheries subsidies. Science 374(6567):544.

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We need biosphere stewardship that protects carbon sinks and builds resilience

Rockström, J., T. Beringer, D. Hole, B. Griscom, M. B. Mascia, C. Folke, F. Creutzig. 2021. We need biosphere stewardship that protects carbon sinks and builds resilience. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(38):e2115218118.

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Governance in the Face of Extreme Events: Lessons from Evolutionary Processes for Structuring Interventions, and the Need to Go Beyond

Levin, S. A., J. M. Anderies, N. Adger, S. Barrett, E. M. Bennett, J. C. Cardenas, S. R. Carpenter, A.-S. Crépin, P. Ehrlich, J. Fischer, C. Folke, N. Kautsky, C. Kling, K. Nyborg, S. Polasky, M. Scheffer, K. Segerson, J. Shogren, J. van den Bergh, B. Walker, E. U. Weber and J. Wilen. 2021. Governance in the Face of Extreme Events: Lessons from Evolutionary Processes for Structuring Interventions, and the Need to Go Beyond. Ecosystems doi:10.1007/s10021-021-00680-2.

The increasing frequency of extreme events, exogenous and endogenous, poses challenges for our societies. The current pandemic is a case in point; but “once-in-a-century” weather events are also becoming more common, leading to erosion, wildfire and even volcanic events that change ecosystems and disturbance regimes, threaten the sustainability of our life-support systems, and challenge the robustness and resilience of societies. Dealing with extremes will require...

Journal article
The social dynamics of basins of attraction

van der Leeuw, S. and C. Folke. 2021. The social dynamics of basins of attraction. Ecology and Society 26(1):33.

In this paper we conceptualize transformations as societal shifts from one basin of attraction to another. Such shifts occur when a society’s information processing system is no longer fit to deal with the dynamics with which the society is involved. To understand when this might be the case, we conceive of a dynamic interaction between two domains, the cognitive one (containing a society’s knowledge, values,...

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Indigenous knowledge: From local to global

Gadgil, M., F. Berkes and C. Folke. 2021. Indigenous knowledge: From local to global. Ambio 50: 967-969.

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Reserves, resilience and dynamic landscapes 20 years later

Bengtsson, J., M. Nyström, M. Ihse, C. Folke, T. Elmqvist, U. Emanuelsson, F. Moberg and P. Angelstam. 2021. Reserves, resilience and dynamic landscapes 20 years later. Ambio 50: 962-966.