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Earth System nearing tipping point

Posted in Business on 19th Mar, 2012 12:41 AM by AlexMuller

Research now indicates that the world is nearing critical tipping points in the Earth system, including on climate and biodiversity, which if not addressed through a new framework of governance could lead to rapid and irreversible change.


"Science assessments indicate that human activities are moving several of Earth's sub-systems outside the range of natural variability typical for the previous 500,000 years," wrote the authors in the opening of "Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance."


Reducing the risk of potential global environmental disaster requires the development of "a clear and ambitious roadmap for institutional change and effective sustainability governance within the next decade," comparable in scale and importance to the reform of international governance that followed World War II, they wrote.


In particular, the group argued for the creation of a Sustainable Development Council that would better integrate sustainability concerns across the United Nations system. Giving a leading role to the 20 largest economies (G20) would help the council act effectively. The authors also suggested an upgrade of the UN Environment Program to a full-fledged international organization, a move that would give it greater authority and more secure funding


To keep these institutions accountable to the public, the scientists called for stronger consultative rights for representatives of civil society, including representatives from developing countries, NGOs, consumers and indigenous peoples.


"We should seek input from people closest to the ground, not just from the elites, not just at the 30,000-feet level," noted Kenneth W. Abbott, a professor of international relations in ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. "Consultations should not take place only at the global scale, where the broadest policies are created, but also at local scales, smaller scales, all scales," he said.


To improve the speed of decision-making in international negotiations, the authors called for stronger reliance on qualified majority voting. "There has to be a change in international negotiating procedures from the current situation, in which no action can be taken unless consensus is reached among all participating governments," Abbott said.


The authors also called for governments "to close remaining regulatory gaps at the global level," including the treatment of emerging technologies.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2012-07-31
wtf, way to cut out the entire mildde paragraph. This should have been after the first paragraph And it pains me to say this, but let's be realistic On JunLin graduating it really is sad, I especially adore LinLin. But to be blunt, they were Chinese members in a Japanese group and were doomed to under-utilization from the start no matter how good they got, they would always be limited in their screen time, lines, etc. More than wondering why Tsunku is graduating them now, I honestly wonder why he added them in the first place not because they aren't good idols , but because Japanese people are naturally biased against foreigners. He took a big risk in adding them to the group hate to say it, but I don't think they helped the group's popularity at all in the lull after Miki left (and I think Tsunku was depending on Miki's popularity when he added the Pandas, then all of a sudden she dropped the bomb' had he known Miki was leaving, I don't think he'd have added JunJun and LinLin and actually, I place a good portion of the blame for MM's state of affairs the last few years on Miki w, but that's a different discussion altogether ). Most people who somewhat agree with me think Tsunku just added them to help promote MM in China? Again, not that I dislike JunLin or don't want them in the group but thinking of Japanese society and the Japanese mentality on foreigners, their addition just doesn't make a lot of sense to me I also get the feeling Tsunku announced JunLin grad now because 9th gen auditions are happening, and it would be too taboo to have Chinese members in a position above Japanese ones in the group maybe even reducing the number of applications sent in. It's possible MM may have gone this long without auditions to give the Pandas their time in the group before they graduate to prevent turning off Japanese auditionees.Very, very sad when you think about it but frankly, welcome to Japan >.< Reply


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