Planetary Boundaries for Biodiversity: Implausible Science, Pernicious Policies

Trends Ecol Evol. 2018 Feb;33(2):71-73. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.10.004. Epub 2017 Nov 7.


The notion of a 'safe operating space for biodiversity' is vague and encourages harmful policies. Attempts to fix it strip it of all meaningful content. Ecology is rapidly gaining insights into the connections between biodiversity and ecosystem stability. We have no option but to understand ecological complexity and act accordingly.

Keywords: biodiversity; ecological stability; extinction rates; planetary boundaries; tipping points.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biodiversity*
  • Conservation of Natural Resources*
  • Ecology / methods*
  • Ecosystem