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Environment

Researchers: Don't Cross The Line

Published fredag 9 oktober 2009 kl 15.04

How much can the Earth take? Are we pressurising it to potentially catastrophic tipping points? Human actions have for a long time been the main engine behind global environmental change. And this can easily lead to consequences with catastrophic results in large parts of the planet. In an effort to confront the challenge, a group of 28 renowned scientists from all corners of the world have conducted a research they call Planetary Boundaries.

The researchers say that although the Earth has gone through many phases of major environmental changes, our planet's environment has been rather stable for the last 10,000 years. But human activity in the last centuries has changed that drastically. The researchers argue that human pressure on the Earth's system has reached such a stage where abrupt global environmental change can no longer be excluded.

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