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Record number 496527
Title Synchronous failure : The emerging causal architecture of global crisis
Author(s) Homer-Dixon, T.; Walker, B.; Biggs, R.; Crepin, A.S.; Folke, C.; Lambin, E.F.; Peterson, G.D.; Rockstrom, J.; Scheffer, M.; Troell, M.
Source Ecology and Society 20 (2015)3. - ISSN 1708-3087 - 16 p.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/es-07681-200306
Department(s) Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management
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Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Climate change - Conventional oil - Financial system - Global crises - Grain supply - Social-ecological system
Abstract Recent global crises reveal an emerging pattern of causation that could increasingly characterize the birth and progress of future global crises. A conceptual framework identifies this pattern’s deep causes, intermediate processes, and ultimate outcomes. The framework shows how multiple stresses can interact within a single social-ecological system to cause a shift in that system’s behavior, how simultaneous shifts of this kind in several largely discrete social-ecological systems can interact to cause a far larger intersystemic crisis, and how such a larger crisis can then rapidly propagate across multiple system boundaries to the global scale. Case studies of the 2008-2009 financial-energy and food-energy crises illustrate the framework. Suggestions are offered for future research to explore further the framework’s propositions. © 2015 by the author(s).
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