Human Civilization No More In ‘Safe Operating Space’ As It Exceeds 4 Of 9 Planetary Boundaries

January 16, 2015 10:30 AM

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Human Civilization No More In ‘Safe Operating Space’ As It Exceeds 4 Of 9 Planetary Boundaries

A team of researchers has said in a new study that the human civilization has exceeded four of nine planetary boundaries that are crucial for maintaining a “safe operating space.” The study, conducted by an 18-member research team, was published in the journal Science on Thursday.

The four planetary boundaries that are already beyond the point of no return include climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change and altered biogeochemical cycles like the surplus of phosphorus and nitrogen. Surpassing nine of four planetary boundaries means that the human ci...

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