• China’s emissions glimpsing the peak

    China recently announced its intention to peak its carbon-dioxide emissions. How soon could the emissions peak and at what absolute value? Libo Wu explores.
  • The greening of the Southern Hemisphere

    The 2010-2011 La Niña weather event brought lush vegetation to vast semi-arid regions in the Southern Hemisphere and altered the delicate balance of the global carbon sinks. Owen Gaffney explores how La Niña might change in the future and what that might imply.

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January 15, 2015
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.
November 14, 2013
Ocean acidification may increase 170% this century with substantial costs expected from coral reef loss and declines in shellfisheries. Cold water corals also at risk.
April 22, 2013
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.
February 18, 2013
A new report from the IGBP-sponsored International Nitrogen Initiative highlights how humans have massively altered the natural flows of nitrogen, phosphorus and other nutrients.
January 15, 2013
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.
October 31, 2012
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.
September 27, 2012
Major international symposium closes with launch of new international coordination centre and announcement of an X-Prize for Ocean Health.
March 28, 2012
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.
March 28, 2012
Recognizing the complexity and urgency of current challenges, researchers propose a new vision for science for global sustainability at major international conference
March 27, 2012
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
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