Planetary boundaries research

In 2009, a group of 28 internationally renowned scientists identified and quantified a set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. Crossing these boundaries could generate abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. Respecting the boundaries reduces the risks to human society of crossing these thresholds.

In this TED talk from 2010 Johan Rockström introduces the Planetary Boundaries framework

Since the planetary boundaries were first presented in 2009, researchers from around the world have been working to advance the concept.
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    How did the research on the planetary boundaries come about?
  • About the research
    Since the planetary boundaries were first presented in 2009, researchers from around the world have sought to advance the concept
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Read Nature feature article and special Planetary Boundaries section

Download Planetary Boundaries illustration JPG* (credit: Azote Images/Stockholm Resilience Centre)

Download Planetary Boundaries illustration EPS* (credit: Azote Images/Stockholm Resilience Centre)

*The illustration is free to use in publications, scientific or otherwise, describing the planetary boundaries concept. Correct credit is required (Azote Images/Stockholm Resilience Centre).

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