A World of Science (July 2012)

The latest issue of A World of Science (July 2012) is now online in English:

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The French edition will be online by next Monday and the Spanish edition will follow shortly thereafter.

Please find below a brief summary of the content (excluding the news section):

Tales set in stone

To mark the 40th anniversary of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP), we follow the fortunes of Homo sapiens sapiens around the Black and Mediterranean Seas through 30 000 years of a tumultuous history marked by sporadic earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, as well as more insidious hazards tied to a changing climate, such as flooding from glacier melt, gradual sea-level rise or prolonged drought. These palaeostudies help us to understand how human societies and ecosystems coped with a changing environment in the past and why some civilizations failed. There are obvious lessons to be learned for contemporary societies.


Ruth Arnon, President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities,

deciphers the intricacies of Israel’s unique science system and outlines the challenges it faces in a rapidly changing world.

Weathering uncertainty in the Arctic

One of the most novel developments since the last IPCC report (2007) has been the growing collaboration between indigenous peoples and scientists in assessing the impact of climate change on the environment. Nowhere is this change taking place more rapidly than in the Arctic, as a joint UNESCO-UNU publication recalls.


China’s palaeo-treasure trove

In little over a decade, China has gone from having no geoparks to a network of more than 300, including 26 which belong to UNESCO’s Global Network of National Geoparks.  By the end of 2010, one in three Chinese had visited one. Geotourism generates nearly US$24 billion a year in revenue and provides 2.4 million jobs.

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