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Planet under Pressure conference, London: Final statement
Date:3/30/2012

we know it."

"My High-level Panel on Global Sustainability has just recommended that I consider naming a chief scientific advisor or establishing a scientific board to advise me and other organs of the United Nations.

"I also intend to engage the scientific community on other projects, such as the Global Sustainable Development Outlook report," he added, "I am also ready to work with the scientific community on the launch of a large-scale scientific initiative."

UN Rio+20 Executive coordinator, Elizabeth Thompson, said, "politician or public servant, scientist or citizen, community or company, we are the shareholders of Earth Incorporated and have a joint responsibility to protect our common patrimony."

"The scientific community can help us make sense of these complex and interconnected challenges."

Conference delegates also heard how research advances in the previous decade have shown humanity's impact on Earth's life support system has become comparable to planetary scale geological processes such as ice ages. "Consensus is growing we have driven the planet into a new epoch, the Anthropocene, in which many Earth system processes are now dominated by human activities," the declaration states.

This new force risks pushing parts of the Earth system the sum of our planet's interacting physical, chemical, and biological processes including life and society past so-called tipping points.

Tipping points include the disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic, permafrost in Arctic regions releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and the drying out of the Amazon rainforest. If these tipping points are crossed they can increase the likelihood of going beyond other thresholds generating unacceptable and often irreversible environmental change on global and regional scales with serious consequences for human and all forms of life on the planet.

The declaration stated that
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