• Using the Planet

    Even before the advent of agriculture, Homo sapiens kicked off an entirely new process of planetary change. Earth would never be the same. Instead of mere centuries, Erle C Ellis advances a broader view of the Anthropocene, over many millennia, and what that means for land stewardship.
  • Lessons from a simulated civilisation

    The rise and fall of the ancient Maya has
    intrigued historians and archaeologists for decades. Now, Earth-system scientists are taking a keen interest. Scott Heckbert asks: what role might environmental conditions and trade play in the growth and eventual collapse of a civilisation?

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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
March 26, 2012
2,800 experts meet at 4-day Planet under Pressure conference. Day 1 analysis of Earth’s condition kick-starts week-long review of vital signs, options, hurdles and how to move forward.
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