A World of Science by theme: Earth Sciences for society

  • Memory of the Earth (2013, EN), on the role geoparks play in preserving the memory of our planet’s 4.6 billion-year history, with an emphasis on European geoparks
  • Out of Sight, out of Mind? (2013, EN, FR), on the Groundwater Governance Project (2011−2014), which hopes to influence political decision-making by raising awareness of the urgent need to manage groundwater more sustainably
  • Tales Set in Stone (2012, EN, ES, FR), retracing the impact of climate change and natural disasters over the past 30 000 years on human civilizations living around the Black and Mediterranean Sea basins
  • Taking the Pulse of Geosciences in Africa (2012, EN, ES, FR), presents the findings of a survey of publication trends in this field that will serve as the basis for UNESCO’s new initiative in favour geoscience education in Africa
  • China’s Palaeotreasure Trove (2012, EN, ES, FR), on China’s network of more than 300 geoparks
  • Can a Blue Dye Help Save the Aral Sea? (2010, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a scheme to plant indigo to regenerate soils in the Aral Sea basin and stimulate the economy
  • Back to the Moon (2010, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the little-known reasons for the race to the Moon
  • The Thrill of Drilling (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on exploiting the secrets that lie far beneath our feet in terra incognita
  • Darwin Lives! (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the journey which shaped Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory on the evolution of species in the 19th century, at a time when geology was a new science
  • Why Modern Agriculture must Change (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on the findings of a major international assessment involving UNESCO
  • What Future for Geoeducation in Africa? (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on why Africa needs to invest in geosciences for its own development
  • Why Scientists are Taking a Stand against Ocean Fertilization with Urea (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on why 57 scientists from 18 countries oppose this geoengineering technique
  • A Last Call to Arms (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on the socio-economic importance for coastal states of supplying timely geoscientific proof of the outer limits of their legal continental shelf
  • Megacities of Tomorrow (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), forecasting how the geosciences will shape the world’s most populous cities in the decades to come
  • Geotropical Paradise (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR), on Langkawi Geopark, a member of UNESCO’s ad hoc Global Geopark Network
  • A Blue Goldmine in Need of Protection (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a UNESCO survey of Africa’s transboundary aquifers, which uncovered a few new ones
  • The Rise of Animals, Part I (2007, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), Part II (2008, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), a two-part tale of how life evolved on Earth over the past 3.8 billion years
  • Glacier Melt and Poor Policies behind Central Asia’s Water Woes (2007, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on the shared responsibility of melting glaciers and poor water policies for the region’s problems
  • The Day Mount Manaro Stirred (2007, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on blending volcanology with traditional knowledge to prepare for volcanic eruptions like that of Manaro in 2005
  • Saviours from Space for Siberia’s Frozen Tombs (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), on using remote sensing to identify buried tombs from a culture dating back 2500 years, in a race against time before melting permafrost destroys them
  • Arsenic Filter Stalks Silent Killer in Bangladesh (2006, EN, ES, FR), on the invention of a filter to protect the Bangladeshi population from groundwater contaminated by naturally high levels of arsenic
  • Buried Treasure in the Americas (2005, EN, FR), on cooperation between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in sharing aquifers, within a wider project to map transboundary aquifers in the Americas
  • The Floating University (2004, EN, FR), on a ten-week research cruise for students in marine and Earth sciences from 25 countries to study gas hydrates, mud volcanoes and other phenomena
  • A System for Managing the Planet by 2015 (2004, EN, FR), on a global scheme which recognizes that land, atmosphere and oceans are not separate systems but interlocking parts of a single Earth system and that we thus need to combine existing observing systems into a single overarching system to improve global monitoring of the environment: the Global Earth Observing System of Systems
  • UNESCO and Johannesburg (2002, EN, FR), on UNESCO’s strategy for following up the World Summit on Sustainable Development

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