In May last year I was involved in organizing the Future Earth Yong Scientist Networking Conference on the topic of "Ecosystems and Human Wellbeing in Green Economy". I am using this post to update you on a few early outputs from the conference.
One of the potentially best pieces of news of 2015 came in just before its closing. While all eyes were directed toward Paris the Global Carbon Budget projection for 2015 was announced (Le Quere et al. 2015). It included the uplifting news that total annual emissions in 2015, for only the second time since the turn of the century, were projected to decrease.
It is rare for me to have two papers come out in two weeks and much more rare that they have so contrasting scales of extent (a single rooftop vs. thousands of locations in 18 countries). However, their insights into the workings of climate change and global environmental change, more broadly, complement each other nicely.
Prediction: 2015 will be a year to remember, but only time will tell if it is for good or for worse. One month into 2015, this post takes a look at some of the major events in ecological science and policy in 2015. This, coincidentally, is a good opportunity to update you on some of the events INNGE is planning for 2015. The preview also aims to present food for reflection on the scope and role of ecological research and ecological societies.