The members of the Earth League are grieving for Professor Mario Molina, who unexpectedly passed away on 7 October 2020 at the age of 77. Professor Molina, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and member of the Earth League since its inception, was one of the greatest intellectuals of our time. As an outstanding scientist, he made seminal contributions to the field of atmospheric sciences. Yet his influence expanded well beyond his pioneering work targeted at understanding the critical elements and processes of the Earth System: Throughout his life and career, Mario was an outstanding humanist seeking to improve the social conditions – especially of the weakest and of those whose voices are frequently not heard. The “Centro Mario Molina” in Mexico City, which he founded in 2004, has become an international role model for transdisciplinary work in the spirit of sustainable development.
His inspiration as a researcher, activist, personality, and friend will be greatly missed – by us and by many people across the globe. Learn more about Dr. Molina’s impact on the world with this obituary from the New York Times.
The 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2019 (full report) intends to take up the latest and most essential scientific findings published in an extraordinary year – the climate science year in review. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference’s Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa officially received “10 New Insights in Climate Science” as it is launched in Madrid, Spain. The document was jointly produced by Future Earth and the Earth League.
Climate change can be limited if a rapid and deep decarbonization is achieved. Technological innovation allone will not ensure this crucial transformation; the social dimension needs to be considered with the same emphasis. Ilona Otto, Jonathan Donges, Roger Cremades and Avit Bhowmik investigated how social tipping elements and mechanisms could contribute to the realization of the targets of the Paris Agreement.
The South Centre published a comprehensive overview of resources on climate finance. The collection provides, easy to access and in one place, the most important information on every listed product, so that decision makers and practitioners gain an idea of the landscape of International Climate Finance and multilateral financing mechanisms.
Earth League member Leena Srivastava assumed her new role as Deputy Director General for Science at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Before, she was a Vice Chancellor at the TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi, since 2012. The new member of IIASA’s leading team will ensure the excellence in research at this highly interdisciplinary institute also for the future.