Washington Post: Earth could soon cease to be a “safe operating space” for humans


On January 15, the Washington Post published a story claiming that “At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a “safe operating space” for human beings.” Citing a published paper in the journal “Science,” the article suggested that “we have already crossed four “planetary boundaries”: “the extinction rate; deforestation; the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; and the flow of nitrogen and phosphorous (used on land as fertilizer) into the ocean.”

Capitalism is blamed for “destabilizing the global environment.” Although the article (citing the paper) claims it doesn’t offer proposed solutions, it suggests that government “leaders” may be able to save humanity by having more power.