Human development patterns and economic activities have resulted in sustainability challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency, such as climate change and global biodiversity loss. This worrying development gives rise to the critical question of whether human-induced pressures now approach or exceed planet Earth’s environmental boundaries.
We conducted a study with the following aim:
To calculate the impact of the natural resources use by different generations in Portugal, identifying the legacy (or the burden) left to the next generations.
To be sustainable, the present and future generations have a carbon emission budget 41% lower than what used to happen until the 90’s.
This happens because past generations exceeded the carbon emission boundaries.
Study carried out by a team from Instituto Superior Técnico, and conducted by Tiago Domingos and Ricardo da Silva Vieira.