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Evolution of the polycrisis: Anthropocene traps that challenge global sustainability
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2621-378x
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0394-3827
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Bolin Centre for Climate Research (together with KTH & SMHI). Member of the Leibnitz Association, Potsdam, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7739-5069
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Number of Authors: 132023 (English)In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, ISSN 0962-8436, E-ISSN 1471-2970, Vol. 379, no 1893, article id 20220261Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The Anthropocene is characterized by accelerating change and global challenges of increasing complexity. Inspired by what some have called a polycrisis, we explore whether the human trajectory of increasing complexity and influence on the Earth system could become a form of trap for humanity. Based on an adaptation of the evolutionary traps concept to a global human context, we present results from a participatory mapping. We identify 14 traps and categorize them as either global, technology or structural traps. An assessment reveals that 12 traps (86%) could be in an advanced phase of trapping with high risk of hard-to-reverse lock-ins and growing risks of negative impacts on human well-being. Ten traps (71%) currently see growing trends in their indicators. Revealing the systemic nature of the polycrisis, we assess that Anthropocene traps often interact reinforcingly (45% of pairwise interactions), and rarely in a dampening fashion (3%). We end by discussing capacities that will be important for navigating these systemic challenges in pursuit of global sustainability. Doing so, we introduce evolvability as a unifying concept for such research between the sustainability and evolutionary sciences.

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2023. Vol. 379, no 1893, article id 20220261
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cultural evolution, social–ecological systems, participatory mapping, complex adaptive systems, evolutionary traps
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-225226DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2022.0261PubMedID: 37952617Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85176728902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-225226DiVA, id: diva2:1826274
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Søgaard Jørgensen, PeterAvila Ortega, Daniel ItzamnaWang-Erlandsson, LanDonges, JonathanÖsterblom, HenrikOlsson, PerNyström, MagnusLade, Steven J.Hahn, ThomasFolke, CarlPeterson, GarryCrépin, Anne-Sophie

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