Confronting Unknown Planetary Boundary Threats from Chemical Pollution
2013 (English)In: Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN 0013-936X, E-ISSN 1520-5851, Vol. 47, no 22, 12619-12622 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Rockström et al. proposed a set of planetary boundaries that delimitate a “safe operating space for humanity”. One of the planetary boundaries is determined by “chemical pollution”, however no clear definition was provided. Here, we propose that there is no single chemical pollution planetary boundary, but rather that many planetary boundary issues governed by chemical pollution exist. We identify three conditions that must be simultaneously met for chemical pollution to pose a planetary boundary threat. We then discuss approaches to identify chemicals that could fulfill those conditions, and outline a proactive hazard identification strategy that considers long-range transport and the reversibility of chemical pollution.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 47, no 22, 12619-12622 p.
Research subject Environmental Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97936DOI: 10.1021/es402501cISI: 000327360600001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-97936DiVA: diva2:681423