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He is also a communications consultant for the new ten-year research programme Future Earth.
Owen trained as an astronautic and aeronautic engineer and he is a qualified journalist, filmmaker and writer. For a decade he has worked in Earth system science communication. His work focuses on understanding, communicating and visualizing humanity's impact on the planet through concepts such as the Anthropocene and planetary boundaries, and transformation processes.
His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the BBC and the world’s leading academic journals Science and Nature. His work on visualisations with Felix Pharand Deschenes have been shown at the UN Rio+20 Summit and the World Economic Forum, Davos.
Nature (2014) Owen Gaffney. Quiet revolution starts to make some noise
Nature (2013) Griggs et al. Sustainable Development Goals for People and Planet
Science (2003) IEEE under fire for withdrawing Iranian members’ benefits
Walking the Anthropocene (2015)
2015 - Newspaper and media input
"Epic rhetoric echoed around the Le Bourget conference centre at the opening of the Paris climate summit. World leaders, who had gathered in the capital on Monday, know this is a historic moment. Barack Obama’s few minutes at the podium were as good as anyone’s: “For all the challenges we face, the growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other. What should give us ...
Steffen, W., W. Broadgate, L. Deutsch, O. Gaffney, C. Ludwig
2015 - Journal / article
The ‘Great Acceleration’ graphs, originally published in 2004 to show socio-economic and Earth System trends from 1750 to 2000, have now been updated to 2010. In the graphs of socio-economic trends, where the data permit, the activity of the wealthy (OECD) countries, those countries with emerging economies, and the rest of the world have now been differentiated. The dominant feature of the socio-economic trends is that the eco...