• 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 .
Published: December 1, 2009

Global Change Magazine No. 74

This is the inaugural issue of the Global Change magazine, which takes over from IGBP's newsletter. The issue -- timed to coincide with the Copenhagen climate talks -- focuses on recent carbon-cycle research. Articles span a wide range of topics, including planetary boundaries, the global carbon budget and China's urban emissions.

The following feature articles from this issue


can be read on-line.

Cover story: A planet on the edge
What are the key boundaries that have kept our planet’s climate stable for 11,000 years?

Climate change in a nutshell
Can the complexities of the Earth system be condensed down to a single number like the FTSE or Dow Jones indices?

A vision for our planet
By 2050, everyone will have access to adequate food, clothing, housing, and clean water. This is the dream. Read how to make it a reality.

Tracking China’s urban emissions
A first estimate of China’s urban energy use.

Have we reached peak CO2?
If CO2 is seen as a non-renewable resource, then the answer is yes.

Closing the global budget for CO2
The global financial crisis probably explains the modest 2% growth in emissions in 2008 compared with 2007.

Where sinking land meets rising water
Five hundred million people call deltas their home. Their home is sinking.

Climate services for all?
The World Climate Conference laid out a framework for climate services on the time and space scales needed by society. Will it deliver?

Getting a handle on ecosystem services
Identifying and valuing ecosystem services has proved difficult. Here land-use scientists discuss new ways of valuing land.

Here you can download articles to read them as Pdfs

Entire magazinePDF (pdf, 4 MB)

Cover and contentsPDF (pdf, 569.2 kB)

EditorialPDF (pdf, 199.5 kB)

NewsPDF (pdf, 395.8 kB)

A planet on the edge PDF (pdf, 1.1 MB)
What are the key boundaries that have kept our planet’s climate stable for 11,000 years?

Climate change in a nutshellPDF (pdf, 499.4 kB)
Can the complexities of the Earth system be condensed down to a single number like the FTSE or Dow Jones indices?

2050PDF (pdf, 473.1 kB) A vision for our planetPDF (pdf, 473.1 kB)
By 2050, everyone will have access to adequate food, clothing, housing, and clean water. This is the dream. Read how to make it a reality.

Tracking China’s urban emissionsPDF (pdf, 413.5 kB)
A first estimate of China’s urban energy use.

Have we reached peak CO2?PDF (pdf, 692.8 kB)
If CO2 is seen as a non-renewable resource, then the answer is yes.

Closing the global budget for CO2PDF (pdf, 769.2 kB)
The global financial crisis probably explains the modest 2% growth in emissions in 2008 compared with 2007.

Where sinking land meets rising waterPDF (pdf, 354.5 kB)
Five hundred million people call deltas their home. Their home is sinking.

Climate services for all?PDF (pdf, 344 kB)
The World Climate Conference laid out a framework for climate services on the time and space scales needed by society. Will it deliver?

Getting a handle on ecosystem servicesPDF (pdf, 352 kB)
Identifying and valuing ecosystem services has proved difficult. Here land-use scientists discuss new ways of valuing land.

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