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Planetary boundaries for chemical pollution

Conference paper
Authors Martin Scheringer
Thomas Backhaus
Åke Bergman
Cynthia A de Wit
Miriam Diamond
Michael Z Hauschild
Ivan Holoubek
Rainer Lohmann
Sverker Molander
Rickard Arvidsson
Linn Persson
Noriyuki Suzuki
Marco Vighi
Published in Dioxin 2012 - 32nd International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Compounds
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Language en
Subject categories Environmental chemistry, Persistent organic compounds, Environmental Sciences


Based on the concept by Rockström et al the paper discusses the principles of the concept in relation to chemical pollution and the specific challenges associated to that. The paper conclude the chemical pollution is certainly a strong anthropogenic impact of global relevance. However, because of the local or regional nature of many exposures and effects caused by chemicals, there is probably not a single tipping point for the global system that would have to be reflected by a planetary boundary. Therefore, in order to assess and manage chemical pollution, it seems to be more promising to focus on certain classes of chemicals separately and to derive boundaries of different types for these classes of chemicals, as illustrated in the paper for CFCs, POPs and food contaminants.

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