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Predicting Community Resilience in a Changing Climate

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Prof. Palma-Oliveira, of the University of Lisbon, studies the radical changes that have occurred in human societies and ecosystems around the globe since the rise of agriculture around 6000 BCE. Until recently, the full impacts of societal changes such as population growth, gender inequity, and higher chronic stress, have been underestimated. Research now illustrates that these shifts in human societies, coupled with the consequences of climate change, comprise a major threat to communities across the globe. Community resilience depends upon two main factors: the degree to which (a) local ecosystem functions are dependent on the human actions and (b) social stress and inequality abound within a society. This lecture explores how a better understanding of these two factors allows communities to better predict and shape their resilience in the face of global change.