• 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 .

Economics Laureate Elinor Ostrom dies at 78

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Economics Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom (78) has died (12 June) after a short battle with cancer. Ostrom’s life-long research on managing common resources challenged established wisdom about the so-called “tragedy of the commons”, and led to her Nobel award in 2009. She was the first woman to receive the economics honour.
In recent years Ostrom turned her attention to globally common resources, the subject of the upcoming UN’s Rio+20 Summit.

Ostrom worked closely with the global-environmental-change programmes for many years. In an interview published in IGBP's Global Change magazine in 2010, she underscored the importance of bridging the divide between the social and ecological sciences. Indeed, her acceptance of the role of Chief Scientific Advisor to the recent Planet Under Pressure conference in London highlights the importance she attached to facilitating conversation across disciplines. Ostrom played a pivotal role in developing the first State of the Planet Declaration, which emerged from the London conference.

Her death is a common tragedy for all.

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