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Environmental Damage Has Brought Earth Outside “Safe Operating Space for Humanity”

HeadlineSep 14, 2023

The catastrophic flooding in Libya came as a new study found Earth’s ecosystems are outside of their “safe operating space for humanity.” The report in the journal Science Advances warns of imbalances to a majority of key measurements of the planet’s health, including biodiversity, fresh water, pollution and the climate. Climate scientist Johan Rockström co-authored the report. 

Johan Rockström: “Six of the nine boundaries are outside of a safe space. The four boundaries that we assessed in 2015 are deeper into the red, so we’re continuing to move in the wrong direction. And this is a big concern.”

Nearly 800 organizations have endorsed climate actions beginning on Friday, culminating in a March to End Fossil Fuels Sunday here in New York.

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