A safe operating space for humanity

Rockstrom, J. and Steffen, W. and Noone, K. (2009) A safe operating space for humanity. Nature, 461. pp. 472-475.

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Although Earth has undergone many periods of significant environmental change, the planet’s environment has been unusually stable for the past 10,000 years1–3. This period of stability — known to geologists as the Holocene — has seen human civilizations arise, develop and thrive. Such stability may now be under threat. Since the Industrial Revolution, a new era has arisen, the Anthropocene4, in which human actions have become the main driver of global environmental changes. This could see human activities push the Earth system outside the stable environmental state of the Holocene, with consequences that are detrimental or even catastrophic for large parts of the world.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human Development, Climate Change
Author Affiliation: Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B, 10691 Stockholm, Sweden.
Subjects: Environmental Science
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2012 10:26
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2012 10:27
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/461472a
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/7946

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