Earth Entering 'Uncharted' Waters

The Earth has entered a new era, one in which human beings may be the dominant force, say four environmental leaders.

Published: 22-Jan-2004

In the International Herald Tribune, they say the uncertainty, magnitude and speed of change in many of the Earth's systems is without precedent.

The four, who include Margot Wallstrom, the European environment commissioner, say uncertainty cannot excuse inaction.

They believe humanity may cross some critical thresholds unawares, setting off changes which cannot be reversed.

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