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Welcome to Future Earth's April 2016 newsletter, where we bring you the latest news, events and ways to get involved. This year, we're moving our newsletter from a quarterly to a monthly schedule. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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News & opinion

Data collection (Photo: WorldBankPhotoCollection)
Support for IPBES - Future Earth will nominate experts for two IPBES deliverables. Let us know if you're interested in taking part.
Mountains as sentinels of change (Photo: Keltikee via Flickr)
Climate extremes - models may overestimate extreme rain and drought in the 20th Century, new research shows.
Mountains as sentinels of change (Photo: Keltikee via Flickr)
Fall of Byzantium - a recent PAGES study takes a close look at past climate change and the collapse of  Constantinople
Take a survey on health research priorities
Future Health wants to know what you think are the most pressing needs for research and capacity building in global health. Take this short survey now. The results will guide how Future Health and Future Earth approach critical health issues in the years ahead. Read more...
Future Earth gets a call out in Nature editorial
The prestigious journal covered a recent workshop of Future Earth's E3S Cluster exploring the causes and consequences of extreme events like droughts. The editorial addresses Future Earth's efforts to drive the results of research "beyond the pages of academic journals." Read more...
Evolving toward a better Anthropocene
How did humans evolve the capacity to push the planet into a new geologic era? Erle Ellis dives into this question and what it means for humanity's future in a new blog post. He writes: "Humans have always been far more than 'destroyers of nature.'"  Read more...
Africa's growing cities
By 2050, the majority of the world's young people will be living in cities such as Kinshasa, Lagos, Kigali and Nairobi. In March, researchers gathered for a meeting in South Africa to discuss rapid urbanisation on the continent — and what it means for sustainable development. Read more...
Ongoing coverage of IPBES
Future Earth had a large contingent at the fourth plenary session of IPBES in Kuala Lumpur. Read continuing coverage of this meeting on our blog: Owen Gaffney writes about a new assessment of the state of the world's pollinators, and Daniel Strain delves into how the platform is working to include indigenous voices.

Events & opportunities

Call for abstracts: Global Land Project Open Science Meeting

Deadline (extended): April 12
Submit your abstracts now for this meeting in Beijing from October 24 to 27.

Adaptation Futures 2016 conference

May 10 - 13,  Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Share ideas about how the world can adapt to climate change.

Second Session of the UNEA

May 23 - 27, Nairobi, Kenya
The theme of this session is: Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

1.5 Degrees: Meeting the Challenges of the Paris Climate Agreement

Sept. 21 - 22, Oxford, UK
Join the discussion about meeting international climate targets.
Coral Reef (Photo: US Geological Survey)

Call for proposals: SNAPP

Submit your proposals by April 25 to the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) for working groups focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals.
See our website for all events.

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