A safe operating space for humanity

  title={A safe operating space for humanity},
  author={Johan Rockstr{\"o}m and Will Steffen and Kevin J Noone and {\AA}sa Persson and F. Stuart Chapin and Eric F. Lambin and Timothy M. Lenton and Marten Scheffer and Carl Folke and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Bj{\"o}rn Nykvist and Cynthia A. de Wit and Terry P. Hughes and Sander van der Leeuw and Henning Rodhe and Sverker S{\"o}rlin and Peter K. Snyder and Robert Costanza and Uno Svedin and Malin Falkenmark and Louise Karlberg and Robert W. Corell and Victoria J. Fabry and James Hansen and Brian Walker and Diana M. Liverman and Katherine Richardson and Paul J. Crutzen and Jonathan A. Foley},
Identifying and quantifying planetary boundaries that must not be transgressed could help prevent human activities from causing unacceptable environmental change, argue Johan Rockstrom and colleagues. 
Bolster legal boundaries to stay within planetary boundaries
The mounting threats posed to the global environment by harmful human activities cannot be averted without effective legislation controlling those activities, and the environmental laws design laws to protect the environment are needed.
Human-nature connectedness as leverage point
Despite early warnings (Meadows et al. 1972), humanity continues to exceed planetary boundaries (Rockstrom et al. 2009; Steffen et al. 2015). The unprecedented anthropogenic impacts on the climate ...
Driving spaceship Earth
  • Geology
    Nature Sustainability
  • 2019
Designing policies to maintain human wellbeing within the limits of planet Earth is a daunting task, but scholars and policymakers should embrace the challenge now.
The Holocene, the Anthropocene, and the Planetary Boundaries
People have been trying to determine environmental limits for the planet since as early as the 1600s. However, this task is inherently difficult as it requires a high level of value judgement.
Policy: Sustainable development goals for people and planet
Planetary stability must be integrated with United Nations targets to fight poverty and secure human well-being, argue David Griggs and colleagues.
Marine plastic pollution as a novel entity within the Planetary Boundaries Framework
Could marine plastic pollution be integrated as a novel entity within the planetary boundary framework? We know that human activities are capable of changing the normal function of Earth-systems pr
The Collective Action Dilemma in Managing Transboundary Freshwaters : An Analysis of an Outcome-Driven Framework
It is recognised by society that freshwater resources play a major role in economic development and in maintaining life supporting ecosystems services. Transboundary river basins cover about 45% of
Water Resources in the Anthropocene Age: A Planetary Urgency
Global environmental change (GEC) is the global change that human activity is causing in the natural systems of our wonderful planet. The international scientific community which is involved in GEC
Social-ecological resilience thinking in Environmental Management Systems for municipal strategic planning
Human actions are significantly affecting natural environments from local to global scales. At the same time, our current and future well-being is not decoupled from the continuous function of the ...
A resilience view on reframing geoengineering research and implementation
As it becomes harder to see how the world will keep GHGs in the atmosphere below levels at which global warming of at least 2°C is likely [1], calls for geoengineering approaches to climate managem...


How Fast Are the Ice Sheets Melting?
Remote-sensing data suggest that ice sheets currently contribute little to sea-level rise. However, dynamical instabilities in response to climate warming may cause faster ice-mass loss.
Geology of mankind
It seems appropriate to assign the term ‘Anthropocene’ to the present, in many ways human-dominated, geological epoch, supplementing the Holocene—the warm period of the past 10–12 millennia.
An Earth-system perspective of the global nitrogen cycle
With humans having an increasing impact on the planet, the interactions between the nitrogen cycle, the carbon cycle and climate are expected to become an increasingly important determinant of the
Consequences of changing biodiversity
The large ecological and societal consequences of changing biodiversity should be minimized to preserve options for future solutions to global environmental problems.
Fragile Dominion: Complexity and the Commons
* Biodiversity and Our Lives: A Cautionary Tale * The Nature of Environment * Six Fundamental Questions * Patterns in Nature * Ecological Assembly * The Evolution of Biodiversity * On Form and
Global Change and the Earth System: A Planet Under Pressure
The PAGES research community works toward improving our understanding of the Earth's changing environment. By placing current and future global changes in a long term perspective, they can be
Global environmental change
  • C. Butler
  • Environmental Science
    The Medical journal of Australia
  • 2000
The goal of this section titled Global Change and Climate is to provide an overview of some of the key scientific concepts surrounding this topic.
Sustainability science: The emerging research program
  • W. Clark, N. Dickson
  • Psychology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 2003
Communicated by Susan Hanson, Clark University, Worcester, MA, March 7, 2003 (received for review February 25, 2003)
Sustainable development of the biosphere
The future management of the world's resources depends upon reconciling the needs of socio-economic development with the conservation of the world's environment. This book provides a strategic