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At the opening of the day, Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, provided an overview of scientific developments related to the GEF-8 agenda, explaining that we have now transgressed six planetary boundaries, including climate change, biogeochemical flows, biosphere integrity, land system change, novel entities (toxics and plastics), and green water. She called attention to the “transformation/risk/innovation trio,” saying transformational change will require innovation, which can entail risks.
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Rosina Bierbaum, the STAP Chair, is delighted to announce that Dr. Miriam Diamond has been appointed as the new Panel Member for Chemicals and Waste.
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Members elected to the NAS were introduced to their colleagues in the Academy and signed the "Registry of Membership in April of 2022. In addition to Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, Dr. Tom Lovejoy, former STAP Chair and Senior Advisor to the Chair, was posthumously inducted. NAS membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.
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Dr. Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, was a contributing author to an article published in Conservation Letters, A journal of the Society for Conservation Biology.
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  Tom Lovejoy, former Chair of STAP (2008 – 2012) and Senior Advisor to the current STAP Chair, passed away early on Christmas Day surrounded by his daughters and family, his thousands of books, a roaring fire, and in his own beloved log cabin (Drover's Rest).
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On Wednesday, 8 December 2021, Dr. Rosina Bierbaum reported to the GEF Council on the Panel's recent work. In introducing the report, the STAP Chair also summarized a number of recent scientific findings, including:
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The streets of Manaus, Brazil, are empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“When COVID-19 arrived, usual human activity around the world paused or slowed, and nature responded to the opportunity.
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Dr. Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, reported to the GEF Council on the Panel's recent work, and she also summarized a number of "New Science" articles, of which a few are mentioned here:
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Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, former STAP Chair, has been elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He is one of 120 scientists, with 59 being women, elected in 2021, which brings the total number of active members to 2,461. Election into the membership of the NAS is known as one of the highest honors a scientist can obtain, and is presented to scientists who have reached “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research”[1].
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The Nobel Prize Summit is a meeting for Nobel Prize laureates, experts, policy makers, teachers, students – about how humankind’s future on Earth will be achieved and shaped. Here you can view the Agenda for the upcoming session.
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Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. John Donaldson as the new STAP Panel Member for biodiversity.
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Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, the chair and CEO of the GEF convened a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meeting in preparation for the next phase of the GEF (July 2022 to June 2026).
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On 8 December, Dr. Rosina Bierbaum, Chair of STAP, reported on the Panel’s recent work for the Council.
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The rapid adaptation to "work from home" during the COVID crisis has had a variety of environmental implications. While many commentators have noted the reduction in urban air pollution due to reduced commutes and transport emissions, the adaptation has a hidden supply chain of materials and energy. In order to work from home, we have relied on a vast network of materials needed for internet cables, computer servers and memory storage devices.
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Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, joined Mary Schapiro, Vice Chair of the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board and Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), for a discussion at Morgan Stanley's Sustainable Investing Summit.
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The GEF Live interview of Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, recently recorded at the 57th GEF Council Meeting, can be viewed by clicking 
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Rosina M. Bierbaum, STAP Chair, is among the new members to be elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences – one of the highest honors in the scientific field. "Election to the National Academy of Sciences has me stunned, humbled, and elated, all at the same time. This institution is the premier voice of science and technology in the Nation and needed now more than ever in this era of ‘alt-facts,” Dr. Bierbaum said.