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.
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 .
Press release | A decade on, IGBP in collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre has reassessed and updated the Great Acceleration indicators, first published in the IGBP synthesis, Global Change and the Earth System in 2004.
Press release | An international team of 78 researchers has published the most comprehensive reconstruction of past temperature changes at the continental scale. The research confirms an overall cooling trend across nearly all continents during the last one to two thousand years.
Press release | Black carbon is the second largest man-made contributor to global warming and its influence on climate has been greatly underestimated, according to the first quantitative and comprehensive analysis of this issue.
Press release | City leaders aspiring to transform their cities into models of sustainability must look beyond city limits and include in their calculation the global flow of goods and materials into their realm, argue researchers in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences journal Ambio.
Press release | To surmount sustainability hurdles societies need a new yardstick of national progress; reforms of corporate reporting and an overhaul of environmental institutions, according to researchers at the Planet Under Pressure conference.
Press release | Urbanization choices to be fundamental to environmental sustainability, say experts; Equivalent of a city of 1 million needed weekly given population growth trend; Four-day Planet Under Pressure Conference in London attracts 2,800 participants
Press release | Global carbon dioxide emissions increased by a record 5.9 per cent in 2010 following the dampening effect of the 2008-2009 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), according to scientists working with the Global Carbon Project, co-sponsored by IGBP.
Press release | Reducing the risk of potential global environmental disaster requires a “constitutional moment” comparable in scale and importance to the reform of international governance that followed World War II, say experts preparing the largest scientific conference leading up to next June’s Rio+20 Earth Summit.
Press release | Achieving genuine sustainable development will require restructuring of national and international institutions such as the United Nations and World Trade Organization, according to a series of policy briefs from the scientific community.
Press release | IGBP, the International Council for Science and the International Human Dimensions Programme co-sponsored a side event at the UN's Rio +20 Prep Committee on 8 March 2011, United Nations, New York.
Press release | The UK has successfully bid to host a major international science conference in 2012. The London conference, Planet Under Pressure: new knowledge, new solutions, aims to attract 2500 of the world's leading thinkers on global-change research.
Press release | The global recession probably explains the modest 2% growth in carbon dioxide emissions in 2008 compared with 2007 according to the 2008 global carbon budget, published in the journal Nature Geoscience 17 November. Between 2000 and 2007, the average growth rate of emissions was 3.4% a year.
Press release | New research announced at the international Water in a changing climate science conference in Melbourne 24-28 August, implicates pollution from Asia, Europe and North America as a contributor to recent Australian rainfall changes.
Press release | Earth System Science: Climate, Global Change and People Open Science Conference, Edinburgh, 10-13 May 2010 The AIMES Open Science Conference will present recent advances in the understanding of Earth-system dynamics and highlight new directions in analysing the interactions between humans and their environment. It is intended the conference will help build bridges between the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities, and between policy, assessment and research.
Press release | Planet Under Pressure: new knowledge, new solutions IGBP is seeking sponsors and a host city for its 2012 Open Science Conference, Planet Under Pressure: new knowledge, new solutions. The three-day science conference will attract around 2500 world-leading environmental-change scientists. It will be followed by a day dedicated to discussing the findings with policymakers, the public, and funders of environmental science. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2009.
Press release | Urgent action is needed to limit damages to marine ecosystems, including coral reefs and fisheries, due to increasing ocean acidity, according to 155 of the world’s scientific experts who will release the Monaco Declaration this Friday.
Press release | Land degradation, over-irrigation and desertification in Egypt and other semi-arid areas of the Earth are adding further stresses to regions already under pressure from global environmental change, according to research presented at a workshop on “Sustainable Water and Land Management in Semi-Arid Regions”.
Press release | A group of scientists affiliated with the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) have proposed a new framework to account more accurately for the effects of aerosols on precipitation in climate models.
Press release | In light of increasing global environmental problems related to climate change, international scientists today committed to an enhanced plan of international collaboration to pursue science that will help achieve sustainable development of common, global resources.
Press release | (Cape Town, South Africa) Global warming, ocean acidification, land degradation, water and food shortages: these are a few of the many symptoms exhibited by a planet under pressure from human activities.
Press release | Adapting to the global climate change impacts outlined in the IPCC’s Working Group 2 Report, “Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”, will require new evaluation tools to help choose the best way forward, according to the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), an international network of environmental scientists.
This final issue of the magazine takes stock of IGBP’s scientific and institutional accomplishments as well as its contributions to policy and capacity building. It features interviews of several past...
This issue features a special section on carbon. You can read about peak greenhouse-gas emissions in China, the mitigation of black carbon emissions and the effect of the 2010-2011 La Niña event on gl...