Author(s): Steffen, W., J. Rockström and R. Costanza.
In: Steffen, W. Rockström, J. Costanza, R. 2011. How Defining Planetary Boundaries Can Transform Our Approach to Growth. Solutions. Vol 2, No. 3.
Type: Journal article
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How Defining Planetary Boundaries Can Transform Our Approach to Growth
One way to address this challenge is to determine “safe boundaries” based on fundamental characteristics of our planet and to operate within them. By “boundary,” we mean a specific point related to a global-scale environmental process beyond which humanity should not go. Identifying our planet’s intrinsic, nonnegotiable limits is not easy, but here we specify nine areas that are most in need of well-defined planetary boundaries, and we explain the steps needed to begin defining and living within them.
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