Special Feature: Avoiding Collapse

Collection launched: 03 Feb 2016

Guest Editors

Anthony D. Barnosky, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University
Paul R. Ehrlich, Department of Biology, Stanford University
Elizabeth A. Hadly, Department of Biology, Stanford University

Grand challenges for science and society to solve by 2050
Scientists have long known the global ecosystem is under duress from human impacts that, if they continued unabated, would damage Earth’s life support systems, people, and other species irretrievably by the middle of this century. Solutions are at hand, but only if scientists and others in academia are more proactive in communicating relevant discoveries and working with all sectors of mainstream society to turn around six destructive trends: climate change, ecosystem destruction, extinctions, pollution, overpopulation and overconsumption, and spillover of diseases.

Additional articles under review

Ensia has published the following article by Dawn Wright in collaboration with this Elementa Special Feature:


If we want a resilient world, we need to start with resilient data | Ensia

Editor's note: This Voices piece is published in collaboration with the academic journal Elementa. It is based on "Toward a digital resilience," a peer-reviewed article published February 3 as part of Elementa's Avoiding Collapse special feature.

Collection Articles

Avoiding collapse: Grand challenges for science and society to solve by 2050
Anthony D. Barnosky, Paul R. Ehrlich, Elizabeth A. Hadly

Practice Bridge
Toward a digital resilience
Dawn J. Wright 

National security and the accelerating risk of climate change
Vice Admiral Lee Gunn