What is Global Change?

The concept of Global Change refers to the interference (causes) and disruptions (impacts) as a whole produced by human activity on the processes that determine the balance of the planet (Earth system). These changes are caused by the destruction, fragmentation and overexploitation of ecosystems, invasive species, the alteration of biogeochemical cycles, general pollution caused by nitrogen and phosphorus and above all, climate change, land use change and land abandonment. The impact generated by these agents of change also affects the essential ecological processes which support life on this planet and results in the loss of biodiversity, environmental goods and services and, finally, social welfare.