An accessible summary of the climate science behind David Attenborough's Our Planet series, and companion to the Netflix documentary Breaking Boundaries.
Advisors who guided David Attenborough's Our Planet now reveal the full scale of the climate emergency we face, along with the positive message that if we act, we can stabilize Earth's life-support system.
To accompany the Netflix documentary Breaking Boundaries: The Science Behind "Our Planet", this high-impact book, written by leading climate change experts, explains the greatest crisis humanity has ever faced. The story is accompanied by unique visualizations of Earth produced by Globaïa, the world's leading visualizers of human impact.
The authors explain that in 2009, scientists identified nine planetary boundaries that keep Earth stable, ranging from biodiversity to ozone. Beyond these boundaries lurk tipping points. In order to stop short of these tipping points, the 2020s must see the fastest economic transition in history. This book demonstrates how societies are reaching positive tipping points that make this transition possible: groups such as Extinction Rebellion and the schoolchildren led by Greta Thunberg demand political action; countries are committing to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions; and one tipping point has even already passed: the price of clean energy has dropped below that of fossil fuels. At the brink of a critical moment in history, this essential book presents a vision of "Planetary Stewardship" based on a new understanding of our rainforests, ice sheets, oceans, atmosphere, and rich diversity of life.