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Planet Earth oversteps Safe Operating Boundaries on Six Key Indicators: Study

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

In an alarming revelation, a recent study states that Earth has outpaced its 'safe operating space for humanity,' with six out of the nine crucial health indicators pointing towards a potential systemic collapse. The study, published in the scientific journal ScienceAdvances, has cemented the urgency of significant changes in global environmental policy.



Ocean acidification is bordering on crossing its limit, with aerosol loading already outreaching its boundary on a regional scale. On a lighter note, statistics reflect a slight recovery in stratospheric ozone levels due primarily to the global ban on Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) implemented in 2010.



The study notes a rise in the transgression level for previously overstepped boundaries, considering human appropriation of net primary production, which controls biosphere integrity functions. The state of Earth's climate, biodiversity, land, freshwater, pollution by nutrients, and presence of novel and unnatural substances such as plastics and nuclear waste, have all crossed the danger line. The areas of air and sea pollution, though increasing, are deemed within safe limits for the time being.


Additionally, the research shows that actions causing deterioration in one aspect can lead to adverse impacts in others, pointing out the deep interdependence of these systems. Concurrently, mitigating one problem presents opportunities for the simultaneous improvement of others. Therefore, expedited and coordinated global efforts towards environmental restoration and protection are needed to prevent further degradation.


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