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After Rio+20: Science and Governance for our Future Earth

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At the first United Nations “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janiero in 1992, world leaders acknowledged the need to jointly address global environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

Now after twenty years, little progress has occurred and follow-up efforts such as the Rio+20 summit in June have only furthered a sense of stagnation. Nonetheless, scientists continue to express the urgency of the situation through research on the social, biological, and physical dimensions of global environmental issues.

What is the state of our planet after Rio+20 and how can science inform the solutions needed in the decades to come?

At this lecture, Dr. Liverman shared perspectives from her time at the Rio+20 meeting as well as her work on planetary boundaries, environmental governance, and sustainable development