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Date of Publication: February 25
Year of Publication: 2021
Publication City: London, UK
Publisher: The Conversation Trust (UK) Limited
Author(s): Dana M Bergstrom , Euan Ritchie, Lesley Hughes , Michael Depledge
In 1992, 1,700 scientists warned that human beings and the natural world were “on a collision course”. Seventeen years later, scientists described planetary boundaries within which humans and other life could have a “safe space to operate”. These are environmental thresholds, such as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and changes in land use.
Crossing such boundaries was considered a risk that would cause environmental changes so profound, they genuinely posed an existential threat to humanity.
This grave reality is what our major research paper, published today, confronts.
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