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Planetary boundaries for a blue planet

Nash, KL ORCID: 0000-0003-0976-3197, Cvitanovic, C ORCID: 0000-0002-2565-3396, Fulton, EA, Halpern, BS, Milner-Gulland, EJ, Watson, RA ORCID: 0000-0001-7201-8865 and Blanchard, JL ORCID: 0000-0003-0532-4824 2017 , 'Planetary boundaries for a blue planet' , Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol. 1 , 1625–1634 , doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0319-z.

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Abstract

Concepts underpinning the planetary boundaries framework are being incorporated into multilateral discussions on sustainability, influencing international environmental policy development. Research underlying the boundaries has primarily focused on terrestrial systems, despite the fundamental role of marine biomes for Earth system function and societal wellbeing, seriously hindering the efficacy of the boundary approach. We explore boundaries from a marine perspective. For each boundary, we show how improved integration of marine systems influences our understanding of the risk of crossing these limits. Better integration of marine systems is essential if planetary boundaries are to inform Earth system governance.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Nash, KL and Cvitanovic, C and Fulton, EA and Halpern, BS and Milner-Gulland, EJ and Watson, RA and Blanchard, JL
Keywords: planetary boundaries, sustainability, environmental policy, marine systems
Journal or Publication Title: Nature Ecology and Evolution
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2397-334X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1038/s41559-017-0319-z
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Copyright 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature

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