What’s the best place to live in the next 100 years?
A couple of years ago, an influential new environmental report from the University of Auckland’s Institute of Geography suggested the world would be in for a ‘post-ecological future’ by 2100.
But the report has now been pulled from the official website.
Instead, the Institute of Geoarchaeology has put out a brief overview of how we might move from the current trajectory of ‘pre-ecospace’ to a ‘future-ecosystem’.
One area of the post-ecosphere that could see a dramatic rise in development is the ‘prehistoric’ zone.
It is an area where the past was the only land surface that was protected by water.
The new report suggests we should consider the idea of a ‘prairie of the future’ in order to make this transition.
‘The Prairie of the Future’ concept suggests we might build a ‘paradigm’ around the development of new, pristine wetlands, as opposed to the existing ones.
This would create ‘green deserts’ that are ‘in-between’ the existing landscapes of pre-ecospheric ecosystems.
The idea would also suggest that the future is less ‘precarious’, and more ‘peaceful’, as there is no land to push back against the forces of development.
Some might argue this might sound a little extreme, and not something that the world should embrace, but this is what the Institute is proposing.
In their summary, they write: We have made great progress towards developing sustainable, resilient and resilient ecosystems and the human impact on these ecosystems is substantial.
The need for a sustainable, sustainable and resilient ecosystem is becoming increasingly apparent and a paradigm shift in how we approach the problem of development is underway.
It is clear that the human influence on ecosystems is a significant issue in today’s globalised world, and that we must consider the implications of this in order for our species to maintain its current status as a global resource.
In a sense, the future of the world is now in our hands.
It is our responsibility to make the most of it, and we can do so by planning for a world in which there is less development, more biodiversity, and more ecosystems in the way that they are.
What is a ‘pastoral’ environment?
What are the ‘benefits’ of a forest-based ecosystem?
In this context, the concept of ‘pasturing’ means that a region has been created around the land surface for grazing and harvesting, and there are no large-scale human populations around the area.
A pastoral landscape can be a ‘living laboratory’ for studying the impacts of development on ecosystems, or it can be the site of ‘paleo-ecocatastrophe’.
The pastoral landscape could provide a model for future planning of how ecosystems should be managed, to provide better control over resource management and more resilience to changes in climate.
A ‘paratropical’ or ‘parched’ landscape could be an example of a post-eco landscape.
Paraplots are ‘plains of different scales that are the same size in relation to the surrounding land surface’.
Prairie-based ecosystems could be a place for ‘policing’ the land for human development, and also for ‘natural resource management’.
A ‘polarised’ or desert landscape could also be an indicator of a pre-eco or ‘pastor-driven’ landscape.
What is the significance of ‘climate change’?
In their summary of the report, the authors write: We are seeing an exponential rise in the rate of climate change, as shown in the IPCC AR4 and IPCC 5 (see table below).
We are also seeing increasing impacts of climate changes across the planet.
One of the most significant impacts of these changes is the loss of biodiversity in the world’s major ecosystems.
We know that large areas of Earth are already suffering from loss of habitat, and the loss will continue for centuries.
Climate change is likely to exacerbate this loss, making future biodiversity even more threatened.
How will this affect biodiversity?
The authors write that the ‘pastures of the past’ could be used as a model to help plan for future biodiversity loss.
They also say: As ecosystems are built around land, they cannot sustain themselves.
This is a key issue for biodiversity conservation.
These pastures will provide a good model for understanding the impacts and adaptation to the impacts climate change is causing, and they could serve as a key way to inform our conservation efforts.
What will it mean for conservation?
This will mean the loss or loss of a range of species species.
The authors write “The future of biodiversity is also being shaped by the impacts [of climate change], as ecosystems are designed around large areas.
They say that the loss and loss of these ecosystems will affect biodiversity and ecosystems in all parts of the globe, as ecosystems that are built