• 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: October 16, 2012

Megacities' impacts on climate and air pollution published

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Worldwide, there are now 23 cities with populations in excess of 10 million - known as megacities. With this number set to increase in the coming decades, particularly in developing countries, a new report analyses the impact of both megacities and rapid urbanisation on climate and air quality.
The new report, Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate, published by the IGBP-sponsored International Global Atmospheric Chemistry project (IGAC) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), was launched at a major international science conference in Beijing recently.

The conference, organised by IGAC, sought to bring world-leading experts together to discuss how the world's atmosphere is changing and was entitled Atmospheric Chemistry in the Anthropocene.

The megacities report was discussed at the conference and the international journal Nature has published a short article on the report, Megacities pose serious health challenge.

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