Understanding the Earth System is neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for its management. On the one hand, the present civilizatory interference with the atmosphere demonstrates that bad management, at least, driven by the opportunistic interests of zillions of individual actors unaware of the long-term consequences, is feasible at a planetary scale. On the other hand, we can change our ways for the better even without perfect (predictive) knowledge about the functioning of the global machinery including the human factor. We need to know, however, something, and the production and use of this something is the topic of my contribution.
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- Earth System Analysis and Management
H. J. Schellnhuber
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg
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