February 17, 2020

By Jim Ormond and Jane Fiona Cumming

As we begin Year 9 of our annual research into how businesses can embed planetary boundaries and social thresholds into their strategy, we wanted to share the highlights from a powerful recent paper which examined how to translate ou...

Last week saw the finale of COP 25 with no new ambition and little progress. It is now 25 times that global leaders have sat down together and 25 times that we, as a global community, have failed to agree a clear meaningful action plan to avoid the catastrophic impacts...

December 5, 2019

On World Soil Day 2019, we’d like to take the opportunity to examine its role in our two most important Planetary Boundaries.

Soil holds 3 times as much carbon as the atmosphere, it reduces the risk of flooding by absorbing water, it is a wildlife habitat, and it delive...

November 28, 2019

1.   Access to fresh water is a basic human right. Currently 1 in 3 people on our planet don’t have access to safe drinking water* and the population is growing [1]

2.   The world’s largest companies use over 16.5 bn m3 of water annually – enough to fill 6.6 m...

November 21, 2019

  1. The World Health Organisation reports that mental disorders affect 1 in 4 people globally. Mental wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the natural environment and doctors now prescribing nature experiences as alternatives to medicines

  2. Nature experience direct...

November 14, 2019

The global metric for this social threshold is 'Countries scoring <0.5 in the Voice and Accountability Index'. Nearly 2/3 of countries* score below the threshold and little has changed in the past 10 years.

Voice and accountability capture perceptions of the extent to...

November 4, 2019

1.    What is ocean acidification?

Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere due to human activities not only affects the climate; it also has direct, chemical effects on ocean waters with the formation of carbonic acid increasing the acidity (lower pH) of the sur...

October 24, 2019

This year - Earth Overshoot Day was on July 29th which marked the point at which humanity has used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. The date has been getting progressively earlier for the last 10 years, despite increased awareness of our p...

October 14, 2019

At Article 13 we believe meaningful sustainability starts with what the world needs, that’s why the 9 Planetary Boundaries and 12 Social Thresholds are our start point for any corporate impact assessment.

World Food day gives us the opportunity to examine Social Thresho...

October 3, 2019

New research from Article 13

The link between nature and human mental wellbeing has been well-documented with doctors now prescribing nature experiences as alternatives to medicines. But with mental disorders affecting 1 in 4 people globally [1], consideration needs to...

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