Vacancies: Post-doctoral Fellows for the Novel Entities Group

Earth Commission and the University of Toronto School of the Environment are excited to announce opportunities two Post-doctoral Fellows (PDFs) to join the core research team focused on assessing “Safe and Just Earth System Boundaries” for Novel Entities (ESBs).

Keep the highest level of ambition for biodiversity targets

The world’s countries meeting at the upcoming UN biodiversity summit in China need to have the highest level of ambition to protect and restore living nature. The current draft from the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a step in the right direction — but it’s not enough, according to biodiversity experts within and beyond the Earth Commission.

Nature Positive, for people and planet

The Earth Commission has been asked to provide a scientific comment on Nature Positive, specifically with regard to high level targets as defined by Locke et al. (2021).

What are the safe and just boundaries for pollution, people and planet?

Water and air are key to just about every process on planet Earth, from the physical to the biological. For humans, we need tens of liters of clean water a day, and unpolluted air to breathe that is free of health-threatening particulate matter. How do these basic needs for people and planet translate to guidelines and boundaries for pollution?

Next Steps for Biosphere Interactions Working Group

Last year, the Earth Commission’s Working Group on Biosphere Interactions determined that a “safety net” needed to be woven to protect Earth’s life and ecosystems. Now, under new leadership, Working Group 2 aims to specify the extent and integrity of biomes and ecosystems needed to stay within a “safe and just corridor” for people and planet.

A “Safe and Just corridor” for planet and people

For the first time, the Earth Commission has brought together the complexity of humans living on Earth in a framework that defines a challenging and fundamental core pillar for their work: how to determine what’s “safe and just” for Earth’s systems and the people who rely on them.