USC Dornsife celebrates Tyler Prize winner for defining Earth’s vital limits

2024 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement winner Johan Rockström. (Photo: Jadranko Marjanovic.)

Johan Rockström, a prominent Swedish scientist and director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, has been awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, commonly known as the environmental Nobel Prize. This recognition, initially reported by the Wall Street Journal, includes a $250,000 award and celebrates profound contributions to environmental science, policy and awareness.

Administered by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Tyler Prize honors Rockström for his seminal research on the “Planetary Boundaries” framework. This framework serves as a scientific compass, guiding humanity to maintain the planet within a safe operational zone.

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