We are delighted to present the fourth volume of Earth System Governance, the new open-access journal for all those interested in the study of institutions, political processes and governance mechanisms related to environmental change, earth system transformations and the quest for global sustainability. In this Issue, containing 6 articles, diverse issues of earth system governance are explored, for example circular economy, science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, anthropocene and the geo-political imagination.
Earth System Governance is an open access journal. All published articles are freely available through the internet to anybody, anywhere, at all times. We have chosen this model for a variety of reasons.
Earth System Governance has been launched as the key global forum for the scientifically rigorous but also solution-driven debate on how to respond to global environmental change and earth system transformation by making our governance systems, from local to global levels, more effective, more equitable, and more democratic. We look forward to your contributions.