Published on Feb 23, 2008
President-elect, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography, Harvard University We built it; will the candidates come? See: http://www.sciencedebate.org
Published on Nov 16, 2018
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Published on Nov 16, 2018 World Economic Forum
Globalization is being redefined politically, economically and ecologically at a moment when advanced technologies have ushered in a Fourth Industrial Revolution at a speed and scale unparalleled in human history. How will this new phase of globalization transform international and regional cooperation?
– Julie Bishop, Member of Parliament of Australia
– William Burns, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA.
– Yoriko Kawaguchi, Professor, Meiji Institute for Global Affairs, Japan.
– Miroslav Lajcák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
– Susana Malcorra, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina (2015 – 2017).
_Hadley Gamble, Reporter and Anchor, CNBC, United Kingdom.
Human activities threaten the Earth’s ability to sustain future generations, a survey into the state of the planet has concluded.
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, by 1,360 experts from 95 nations, says the way society has obtained its resources over the past 50 years has seriously degraded the environment.
The report also says a rising human population had polluted or over-exploited most ecosystems on which life depends, ranging from clean air to fresh water.
What do you think of the findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment? What can be done to reverse global decline?
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) was called for by the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2000. Initiated in 2001, the objective of the MA was to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and the scientific basis for action needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of those systems and their contribution to human well-being.
The MA has involved the work of more than 1,360 experts worldwide. Their findings, contained in five technical volumes and six synthesis reports, provide a state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition and trends in the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide (such as clean water, food, forest products, flood control, and natural resources) and the options to restore, conserve or enhance the sustainable use of ecosystems.