• 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: September 11, 2007

Media Briefing: Science, policy and business sectors finding cooperative approaches to global environmental change

Press release |
17 September 2007,
17:00-17:30,
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,
Lilla Frescativägen 4, Stockholm
Global warming is just one of the many symptoms exhibited by a planet under pressure from human activities. The global environmental changes taking place—from ocean acidification to land degradation—require a coordinated, international, multi-sector response to ensure the sustainable development of human society on our planet.

Prominent scientists, policy makers and representatives from the private sector will be available at the media briefing to discuss cooperative steps the three sectors are taking to address global environmental change.

Please register your interest in attending the media briefing by contacting Mary Ann Williams, IGBP Science Communicator, at 08-6739562, or Sofia Roger, IGBP Information Officer, at 08-6739556, by Friday 14 September.

Other Interview Opportunities:
Several scientists, policy makers and private sector representatives will be available for one-to-one media interviews from 10:15 to 10:45 on 17 and 18 September at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. They include the following (NOTE: please check the IGBP website for updates of this list, as several more sector representatives are expected to be available for the media):

Science Sector:
• Carlos Nobre, IGBP Chair, Director, Centro de Previsão do Tempo e Estudos Climáticos (CPTEC) (areas of expertise: tropical meteorology, climate dynamics, vegetation-atmosphere interactions)
• Peter Liss, Professor, University of East Anglia (area of expertise: ocean acidification, biogeochemical interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere)

Policy Sector:
• Anders Wijkman, Member of the European Parliament

Private Sector:
• Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director, Global Footprint Network
(available Monday only)
• Jan Peter Bergkvist, Director of Environmental Affairs, Hilton and Scandic Hotels

About IGBP
The International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) is an international, interdisciplinary scientific research program built on networking and integration. It addresses scientific questions where an international approach is the best or the only way to provide an answer. It adds value to a large number of individual, national and regional research projects through integrating activities to achieve enhanced scientific understanding. The vision of IGBP is to provide scientific knowledge to improve the sustainability of the living Earth.

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