Planetary Boundaries

Planetary Boundaries: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity is presented in the prestigious scientific journal Nature on September 24th.

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, including Tällberg Foundation board member Johan Rockström, have made a first attempt to identify and quantify a set of nine planetary boundaries.

During the 2008 Tällberg Forum, three internationally prominent Sweden-based organizations,the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University, the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Tällberg Foundation, gathered a group of eminent natural and socialscientists to evaluate the latest research on Earth system dynamics and to determine if they could quantify the safe biophysical boundaries outside of which, they believe, the Earth System cannot function in a stable, Holocenelike state – the state in which human civilizations have thrived.

The scientific team’s work has now resulted in a groundbreaking article, Planetary Boundaries: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity,which is presented in the prestigious scientific journal Nature on September 24th.

Read the feature on the Nature website

See video introductions and full article – Stockholm Resilience Center