PBI launches Planetary Integrity Project (PIP)

The Planetary Integrity Project   In response to the urgent need for transformative global governance the Planetary Boundaries Initiative has joined a coalition of partners to work on the principle of ‘ecological integrity’.  The coalition, called the Planetary Integrity Project (PIP)…

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS PUT PLANETARY BOUNDARIES ON THE WORLD’S AGENDA

After a long process, the United Nations has now formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals.  There are 17 goals, which are intended to guide the world community from 2015 to 2030, following up the earlier Millenium Development Goals. Although there…

REFUGEES: IS THIS THE FUTURE?

The predictions made by environmentalists are now coming true – but with a twist.  The large numbers of refugees arriving in Europe are coming now not primarily because of climate change or environmental deterioration, but because of the political and…

THE GREAT ACCELERATION – UPDATED  

On the same day as the new updated Planetary Boundaries analysis was published, two further closely related new studies came out as well: one on the ‘Great Acceleration’, the other on the Anthropocene’. Planetary boundaries, the Great Acceleration, and the…

What’s new about the Planetary Boundaries update?

A new version of the planetary boundaries analysis has just been published. Many of the authors are the same as those who wrote the initial articles in 2009. They haven’t changed the overall picture fundamentally, but they have tried to…

It’s Here: Planetary Boundaries 2.0

The highly anticipated updated concept of planetary boundaries has now been released by an international team of researchers in the Journal Science (16 January 2015). The new assessments and quantifications place climate change and the newly-termed “biosphere integrity” as core…

Anthropocene: Journey of a Concept

‘The Anthropocene’ is a concept that has become central to the planetary boundaries discourse. In summary, it raises the alarm that we are moving out of the favourable conditions of the Holocene into a new geological epoch created entirely by…

Black Friday Fever: It’s not only ‘consumer behaviour’ that needs addressing

2014 saw the biggest ‘Black Friday’ in the UK so far, the post-Thanksgiving retail discount day import from the US. The phenomenon started to filter in around 2003, with some maintaining scepticism about the American tradition; this year, however, it…

What governance system will truly protect planetary resilience? Comments from the SRC MOOC

The Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities MOOC, hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the SDSN, is now into its second week (see here for PBI’s article on the MOOC). What has been particularly interesting is the flourishing online community…

The implications of the ‘historic’ US-China deal

Hot on the heels of the European Union’s pledge to cut total emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, the announcement on the 12th November of the climate agreement between China and the US – the world’s two largest emitters…

Sign up now! Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities Course: Free, Massive, Open and Online

The Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are offering a pioneering online 8-week course on Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities: The Quest for Safe and Just Development on a Resilient Planet. The course looks set to cover…

Scientific Developments in the Biodiversity Planetary Boundary

A recently published article authored by Professor Georgina Mace and fifteen others provides an interesting and important contribution to the ongoing debate surrounding the scientific definition of the biodiversity planetary boundary. The authors list a number of important limitations to the original…

Eight Key Issues for a Post-2015 Global Development and Sustainability Agenda

The Association of German Development NGOs (VENRO) and the German Development Forum on Environment and Development have published a summary Position Paper 1/2014 in the much-debated lead up to the replacement of the Millennium Development Goals by the Sustainable Development Goals…

New report: Proposals for Governance in the Field of Geoengineering

The Ecologic Institute has recently released the findings of its research into effective international governance of geoengineering, as commissioned by the German Federal Environment Agency. Geoengineering, also referred to as climate engineering and geotechnical engineering, encompasses the broad area of all works…

Planetary Boundaries need Global Governance

  PBI recently held a meeting in London to consult legal experts and other stakeholders about what we should be doing in the field of global governance, especially of course on global governance of planetary boundaries issues. Different views were…

The Earth System – How far does it go?

There is a close overlap between what PBI is interested in and the scope of the Earth System Governance (ESG) project, which has this week held its global annual conference, at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England. ESG…

Zero Draft of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Here is a link to the Zero Draft of the UN’s much-debated Sustainable Development Goals, which are ambitiously aimed at ending poverty in all its forms, everywhere. The proposed SDGs cover a wide range of topics, including sustainable consumption and production, climate change…

Policy briefings from the UN University and Earth System Governance Project, 2014

The United Nations University, Project on Sustainable Transformation Beyond 2015 and the Earth System Governance Project, 2014, have recently released two interesting and timely policy briefings. The first is entitled ‘Earth System Challenges and a Multi-Layered Approach for the Sustainable…

What the recent IPCC Report is saying about climate policy

The third of IPCC’s set of reports on the global climate has now appeared, looking at policies for preventing, slowing down, even reversing, the process of global climate change. What I think is particularly striking about this new report is…

What do the latest findings from the IPCC report mean for planetary boundaries?

  One of the advantages of the planetary boundaries perspective is that it puts climate change in a wider context, as one of a set of boundaries, rather than as the only ecological issue worth talking about. However we should…