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Introducing Planetary Boundaries

Johan Rockström, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, gives an introduction to planetary boundaries, a ‘safe planetary operating space´ that will allow humanity to continue to develop and thrive for generations to come.

New approaches are needed to help humanity deal with climate change and other global environmental threats that lie ahead in the 21st century. A group of 28 internationally renowned scientists propose that global biophysical boundaries, identified on the basis of the scientific understanding of the Earth System, can define a ‘safe planetary operating space´ that will allow humanity to continue to develop and thrive for generations to come.

This new approach to sustainable development is conveyed in the coming issue of Nature where the scientists have made a first attempt to identify and quantify a set of nine planetary boundaries.

- The human pressure on the Earth System has reached a scale where abrupt global environmental change can no longer be excluded. To continue to live and operate safely, humanity has to stay away from critical ‘hard-wired´ thresholds in Earth´s environment, and respect the nature of planet's climatic, geophysical, atmospheric and ecological processes, says lead author Johan Rockström.

He warns that transgressing planetary boundaries may be devastating for humanity, but if we respect them we have a bright future for centuries ahead.

About the Stockholm whiteboard seminars
The whiteboard seminars aims to move away from lengthy presentations and go back to principles of keeping it short and simple. Only equipped with a black pen and a whiteboard, the scientist presents has approximately seven minutes to present a key issue within resilience and sustainable development.

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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