Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet

  title={Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet},
  author={Will Steffen and Katherine Richardson and Johan Rockstr{\"o}m and Sarah E. Cornell and Ingo Fetzer and Elena M. Bennett and Reinette Biggs and Stephen R. Carpenter and Wim de Vries and Cynthia A. de Wit and Carl Folke and Dieter Gerten and Jens Heinke and Georgina M. Mace and Linn Persson and Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Belinda Reyers and Sverker S{\"o}rlin},
Crossing the boundaries in global sustainability The planetary boundary (PB) concept, introduced in 2009, aimed to define the environmental limits within which humanity can safely operate. This approach has proved influential in global sustainability policy development. Steffen et al. provide an updated and extended analysis of the PB framework. Of the original nine proposed boundaries, they identify three (including climate change) that might push the Earth system into a new state if crossed… 
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