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Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ – The Washington Post

At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human beings. That is the

The planet Earth is a finite system, which mea...
The planet Earth is a finite system, which means it has limits (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.

The paper contends that we have already crossed four “planetary boundaries.” They are the extinction rate; deforestation; the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous (used on land as fertilizer) into the ocean.

via Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ – The Washington Post.

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