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Visioning: Towards a new initiative for global sustainability research

<p>The Earth System Visioning process concluded in February with participants at the third and final meeting agreeing on key elements for a new initiative that will address the Grand Challenges for Earth System Science—delivering knowledge to enable societies to meet their sustainable development goals in the next decade.</p>


ICSU releases statement on the controversy around the 4th IPCC Assessment

<p>As a scientific organization with global representation and active engagement in global environmental change research including climate change, ICSU has been closely following the ongoing controversy concerning the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Important issues have been raised in relation to both the interpretation of scientific knowledge, especially in making predictions of future developments, and the procedures used by the IPCC in its assessment.</p>


Polar year comes to a close

<p>The <a href="">International Polar Year</a> 2007–2008 (IPY), the largest polar research and education venture ever undertaken, will formally come to a close at a ceremony in Oslo on Saturday 12 June—the final day of the IPY Oslo Science Conference.</p>


China to host new international disaster research programme

<p>The International Council for Science (ICSU) today announced that China will host the office of the new international programme, <a href="">Integrated Research on Disaster Risk</a> (IRDR). The International Programme Office for IRDR will be established in Beijing at the Headquarters of the <a href="">Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth</a> (CEODE)—the first time an international office of this type has been hosted in Asia.</p>


A vision for Earth system research: Have your say

<p>The International Council for Science (ICSU) has launched an online consultation to gather questions that will help direct the future of Earth system research. ICSU invites the scientific community—natural and social scientists—as well as technology experts, decision-makers, and the general public, to contribute by visiting , until 15 August 2009.</p>


Polar research reveals new evidence of global environmental change

<p>Multidisciplinary research from the <a href="">International Polar Year</a> (IPY) 2007-2008 provides new evidence of the widespread effects of global warming in the polar regions. Snow and ice are declining in both polar regions, affecting human livelihoods as well as local plant and animal life in the Arctic, as well as global ocean and atmospheric circulation and sea level. These are but a few findings reported in “State of Polar Research”, released today by the <a href="">World Meteorological Organization</a> (WMO) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). In addition to lending insight into climate change, IPY has aided our understanding of pollutant transport, species’ evolution, and storm formation, among many other areas.</p>


Upcoming release of new evidence about change in the polar regions

<p>A milestone in our understanding of the Earth system is the <a href="">International Polar Year</a> (IPY) 2007-2008, a joint initiative of the <a href="">World Meteorological Organization</a> (WMO) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). Thousands of scientists from over 60 countries have carried out over 160 research and outreach projects, which advance our understanding in many areas, including global climate change. New insights in polar knowledge resulting from this historical undertaking will be made public at a ceremony at WMO headquarters on 25 February 2009, where the “State of Polar Research”, a succinct report with preliminary findings of IPY will be released. This will be preceded by a press conference at the Palais des Nations.</p>


IPY Polar Day Focusing Above the Polar Regions

<p>On December 4 2008, the <a href="">International Polar Year</a> 2007-8 (IPY) will launch its seventh ‘International Polar Day’ focusing on research Above the Polar Regions, including meteorology, atmospheric science, astronomy, and the view of the polar regions from space. This event coincides with the start of the <a href="">International Year of Astronomy 2009</a> (IYA).</p>


Nobel Prize winning scientist elected as future President of the International Council for Science

<p>Professor Yuan Tseh Lee, a Nobel Prize winning chemist from China: Taipei has been elected as the future President of the International Council for Science (ICSU). A world leader in the field of chemical dynamics, Lee was elected by representatives from ICSU’s 114 National Members and 29 International Scientific Unions at the 29th General Assembly in Maputo, Mozambique, 21–24 October. He will take up the appointment in April 2010 and will succeed the current ICSU President, Catherine Bréchignac, in October 2011.</p>


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