• A personal note on IGBP and the social sciences

    Humans are an integral component of the Earth system as conceptualised by IGBP. João Morais recalls key milestones in IGBP’s engagement with the social sciences and offers some words of advice for Future Earth.
  • IGBP and Earth observation:
    a co-evolution

    The iconic images of Earth beamed back by the earliest spacecraft helped to galvanise interest in our planet’s environment. The subsequent evolution and development of satellites for Earth observation has been intricately linked with that of IGBP and other global-change research programmes, write Jack Kaye and Cat Downy .

Planetary Stewardship

Planetary and Societal Risks: why we need planetary stewardship,  8 March 2011, United Nations, New York. Presentation by Professor Sybil Seitzinger, Executive Director, International Geosphere-Biosphere Progamme.
Professor Sybil Seitzinger
8 March 2011
United Nations
New York

United Nations University Webcast
UN Rio+20 Prep Comm 2

Planetary Stewardship PresentationPowerpoint (powerpoint, 10.6 MB)

Professor Seitzinger's talk outlined:
  • Past boundaries in the Earth system
  • The "Great Acceleration" in the human enterprise since 1750 and in particular since the 1950
  • Planetary boundaries
  • Planetary stewardship
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