The human factor and global change


  • Susan Bush


The ways that human, physical, and biological systems interact are becoming increasingly important to understanding global environmental change and could help clear up many of the uncertainties associated with it, concludes a recent report by the National Research Council's committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change.

Although knowledge of the natural sciences is essential for understanding global change, it is not enough, said Paul Stern, the committee's study director. “Prediction of global change will be flawed unless there is adequate understanding of human activities,” he added