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Welcome to Future Earth's December 2016 newsletter, where we bring you the latest news, events and opportunities in sustainability research. Please contact us to share your own news.

2016: The year in news and blogs

See highlights from the Future Earth community

To wrap up 2016, we've collected some of our favorite news and stories from the Future Earth community over the last 12 months. Follow along to revisit a year of scientific findings, new thinking about humanity's place in the world, new ways of visualising and experiencing global changes and much more. Check it out...


News & opinion

Data collection (Photo: WorldBankPhotoCollection)
Beyond Marrakech - Why innovation for sustainability must come from the bottom up in a new political climate.
Data collection (Photo: WorldBankPhotoCollection)
Year in review - Trace the events and discoveries that shaped global sustainability in 2016 – and explore the outlook for 2017.
Mountains as sentinels of change (Photo: Keltikee via Flickr)
Urgent message - At a major conference in Mexico, scientists called for governments to bring biodiversity into the mainstream.
The latest from the Open Network
Don't miss out on engaging discussions, sustainability news from around the world and community resources like our jobs board, events calendar and daily science updates. Sign up now...
Future Earth vacancy: Executive Director
Future Earth is looking for an outstanding Executive Director to provide strong leadership and guide the implementation of the programme's broad and ambitious vision and scientific strategy. Join us in this exciting leadership position, which will be based in Montreal, Canada. Apply by 3 February for consideration. Read more...
Methane emissions soaring
A new report from the Global Carbon Project suggests that methane concentrations in the atmosphere are growing faster now than at any point in the last 20 years. This spike in methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas, likely comes from farm emissions – and could threaten efforts to slow climate change. Read more...
Defining the Anthropocene
In a new interview, Erle Ellis talks about why efforts to define the Anthropocene, what may be the newest geologic epoch in the history of the planet, must be more inclusive and transparent. "What's at stake here, outside the domains of geology and stratigraphy, is a new story of human social relations with Earth," Ellis says. Read more...
How science can contribute to the SDGs
The German Committee Future Earth has released a new report outlining how researchers can contribute to the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Science can play an important role in providing the knowledge that leaders around the world need to make sound decisions, the report concludes. Read more...
Future Earth lands major grants
Future Earth has received awards totaling more than 2 million USD from the Gordon and Betty Moore and NOMIS Foundations. The grants will support sustainability research in areas central to the health of human populations and the planet. "This is science that will help all nations," says Future Earth's Josh Tewksbury. Read more...

Events & opportunities

To see more upcoming events, and share your own, visit the Open Network.
Watch the video
See a new video examining the development of a Japan Strategic Research Agenda for Future Earth, which will set the stage for sustainability science in Japan. Watch it now in English and Japanese.

Ecological Challenges Conference 2017: Academia Meets Activism

15 - 18 Feb. 2017, Oslo, Norway
Register now for this conference on "systems change," open to researchers, practitioners and activists.

PAGES 5th Open Science and 3rd Young Scientists Meetings

7 - 13 May 2017, Spain
Join two events for the Past Global Changes (PAGES) community in Morillo de Tou and Zaragoza, Spain.

5th iLEAPS Science Conference

11 - 14 Sept. 2017, Oxford, UK
Take part in this conference on "Understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges."

2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance

9 - 11 Oct. 2017, Lund, Sweden
Explore "allocation and access" in a warming and unequal world.

Future Earth Governing Council

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