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Planetary boundaries and earth system governance: Exploring the links

Biermann, Frank LU (2012) In Ecological Economics 81. p.4-9
Abstract
This article discusses the concept of planetary boundaries that has been advanced by a group of leading experts around Johan Rockstrom. I place the concept of planetary boundaries in the larger framework of the emerging research paradigm of earth system governance, welcoming it as a crucial contribution that defines the overall goals of governance. Yet I also elaborate on the political conflicts that surround the identification of planetary boundaries, which are, in the end, a social construct. I then explore the policy and governance responses that may follow from the planetary boundary approach. In the conclusion, I point to several research challenges that flow from the current state of knowledge on planetary boundaries. (C) 2012... (More)
This article discusses the concept of planetary boundaries that has been advanced by a group of leading experts around Johan Rockstrom. I place the concept of planetary boundaries in the larger framework of the emerging research paradigm of earth system governance, welcoming it as a crucial contribution that defines the overall goals of governance. Yet I also elaborate on the political conflicts that surround the identification of planetary boundaries, which are, in the end, a social construct. I then explore the policy and governance responses that may follow from the planetary boundary approach. In the conclusion, I point to several research challenges that flow from the current state of knowledge on planetary boundaries. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (Less)
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Planetary boundaries, Earth system governance, Climate governance, International relations and politics
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Ecological Economics
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81
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4 - 9
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Elsevier
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0921-8009
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10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.02.016
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  abstract     = {This article discusses the concept of planetary boundaries that has been advanced by a group of leading experts around Johan Rockstrom. I place the concept of planetary boundaries in the larger framework of the emerging research paradigm of earth system governance, welcoming it as a crucial contribution that defines the overall goals of governance. Yet I also elaborate on the political conflicts that surround the identification of planetary boundaries, which are, in the end, a social construct. I then explore the policy and governance responses that may follow from the planetary boundary approach. In the conclusion, I point to several research challenges that flow from the current state of knowledge on planetary boundaries. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.},
  author       = {Biermann, Frank},
  issn         = {0921-8009},
  keyword      = {Planetary boundaries,Earth system governance,Climate governance,International relations and politics},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {4--9},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Ecological Economics},
  title        = {Planetary boundaries and earth system governance: Exploring the links},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.02.016},
  volume       = {81},
  year         = {2012},
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