Planetary boundaries: Gauging the limits

The chart shows how close we are to the limits of Earth’s ability to support our civilization.

“Human civilization has arisen during a period of relatively stable environmental conditions during the past 10,000 years. Scientists fear that major changes in these conditions could pose a threat to our future. By the time a system reaches a certain threshold, it may be too late to correct a trend, so scientists recommend setting boundaries for certain parameters to help maintain stability”  Source: apps.washingtonpost.com.

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