In a 2009 article in Nature, Rockstrom et al introduced us to what they call “planetary boundaries”, the “safe limits outside of which the Earth system cannot continue to function in a stable, Holocene-like state” (2009:474). There followed an excellent article by Whiteman et al (2013), published in the Journal of Management Studies, which applied the concept to the organisational context (http://corporate-sustainability.org/wp-content/uploads/arcs-2012-Perego-Whiteman-Walker.pdf).
Now Rockstrom and Klum have published a new book expanding the planetary boundaries thesis, Big World, Small Planet. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it!
In the meantime, I’ll have to make do with this feature in the Guardian, which gives a taste of what the book is all about: