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JournalScience of the Total Environment
DateAccepted/In press - 18 Jan 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jan 2018
DatePublished (current) - Jun 2018
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)684-688
Early online date18/01/18
Original languageEnglish


While the world argues about whether climate change is real, what if all systems are failing? This paper seeks to ignite further discussion concerning human impact on all aspects of our environment as we move further into the Anthropocene, not only in terms of the pressure we produce, but also how our activity changes the nature of the relationships between Earth's systems. The paper suggests that we currently lack the tools and analytical capacity to understand the significance of these changes and therefore we cannot answer the question, "are all systems failing?". We discuss how complexity theory, complex networks, and Artificial Intelligence, could contribute part of a solution.

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  • COMPLEXITY, Anthropocene, Artificial Intelligence, ENVIRONMENT

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