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Planet under Pressure

26-29 March 2012, London
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The Planet under Pressure conference, taking place over 4 days in London in March, will look at solutions to challenge of global sustainability.

The conference aims to provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference in June, guided by the International Council for Science’s five grand challenges for global sustainability research: observations, forecasting, thresholds, governance and economic requirements, and innovation (technological, political and societal).

“The global scientific community must deliver to society the knowledge necessary to assess the risks humanity is facing from global change. It must provide knowledge of how society can effectively mitigate dangerous changes and cope with changes we cannot manage.

“Based on the latest scientific evidence, the London Planet Under Pressure conference will provide a comprehensive update of our knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure our planet is now under. The London conference will focus the scientific community’s and the wider world’s attention on climate, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales and poverty alleviation.

“The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway.”

Planet under Pressure, conference vision

The conference will open on the evening of Sunday 25 March with a lecture by Professor Sir Robert Watson, chief scientific advisor to Defra, on Environment and development challenges: The imperative to act. Speakers and panelists over the other days of the conference will include:

  • Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate 2009 Economic Sciences, University of Indiana, USA;
  • Will Steffen, Executive Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute, Australian National University, Australia;
  • Anthony Giddens, Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics, UK;
  • Sir John Beddington, UK Government Chief Scientific Advisor;
  • Warren Evans, Senior Adviser, Sustainable Development, World Bank.

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