Governments are meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. This is largest diplomatic gathering in this field in the last 10 years, and must become a stepping stone for major reforms.
Earlier this year, Frank Bierman and 31 leading governance experts laid out 7 building blocks of a new institutional framework for sustainable development. Our article, published this past March in Science, was based on a comprehensive assessment they conducted in 2011 as members of the Earth System Governance Project, a 10-year social science–based research program.
For more on this story, visit: Opinion: The Precarious Earth | The Scientist.
In 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years Chelsea Green Publishing, Jorgen Randers of the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, and one of the original World3 modelers, argues that the second half of the 21st century will bring us near apocalypse in the form of severe global warming.
For more on this story, visit: Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return?: Scientific American.