The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels, despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Nevertheless, a wide array of technological measures and behavioral changes could limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The new report from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on Monday, finds that the effects of climate change are already occurring worldwide; that the world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for the associated risks; and that there are opportunities to respond with effective action, though the risks will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming.
You are invited to participate in the first of a series of webinars designed specifically for North American scientists to become familiar with Future Earth and its potential implications for Earth System Science research. The consultation is being undertaken on behalf of ICSU, and its partners in the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability.
When: May 30, 2013 - 1:00-3:00 pm EDT
Objective: To introduce the Future Earth programme to partners and stakeholders and discuss the implications for the transition to Future Earth on the current and future global change research community in North America.
Registration is required. Please register here. You are also welcome to join the webinar live at the National Science Foundation in the National Science Board Board Room (please contact David Allen (email@example.com) and Maria Uhle if you wish to do this).
The consultation will pave the way for the transition to North American participation in FutureEarth and is intended to provide inputs to the governing bodies of Future Earth (including the Science Committee, Interim Secretariat, and Interim Director) as they begin to implement the Initiative.
Please share this invitation with those whom you feel would benefit from participating in this consultation. If you or others are unable to participate but wish to provide your input, please visit here. The webinars will be recorded and archived and linked with the site above.
For additional information on the North American Consultation for Future Earth, please visit here. Please contact David Allen with any questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: +1 (202) 419-3486.
On Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 1:30-4:30pm the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be holding a symposium to present Future Earth, a new 10-year international initiative on integrated global environmental change research.
Future Earth is mobilizing the global scientific community, funders, and users of research to define together and address the most pressing research questions on sustainable development and its integrated environmental, social, and economic dimensions. This includes strengthened links between science, policy, and society.
The discussion on February 16th will address international coordination of research and funding; co-designing research with funders, scientists, and users; and the role of science in bridging to policy and practice. For more information about the symposium please click here.