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IARU 2014 sustainability science congress: Your tweets

It is one of the top trending events right now. The IARU Sustainability Science Congress hosted by the University of Copenhagen. Here is a selection of what captured participants' attention on the first day.

It is a three-day congress at the University of Copenhagen and draws 140 speakers across disciplines to discuss research collaboration on climate and sustainability challenges. The Sustainability Science Congress organized by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), has so far has presentations by the Danish Prime Minister, the EU Climate Commissioner and a host of other big sustainability names.

In the Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel & Conference Center, there is a captive audience of researchers, policy-makers and interest groups, all tweeting about the event on the hashtag #IARU2014. The tweets that we have selected give an overview of the first day’s happenings.

Forget Holocene. Now it is the Anthrocene

Judit Rodrigues followed a presentation on whether humans are overwhelming the forces of nature.

Classic geological time scales have us living in the Holocene. Not any more.

Rising temperatures 1912-2012

EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard’s presentation had one slide that really blew the audience, if you reckon it by the number of tweets.

Here you can see the temperature changes on earth from 1912 to 2012.

Mankind’s precarious biological space

Johan Rockström’s presentation got alot of interest too.

The human habitat is at risk.

Danish Prime Minister

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish Prime Minister, was another big name at the conference.

That climate change is happening, is no longer up for discussion. But what to do about it?

Learning and getting inspired

Hanna Ahlström, just like many at the conference, felt the buzz of inspiration.

Hanna took this shot of Lykke Friis, the University of Copenhagen’s Prorector for Education.

What words are buzzing?

Martin Jung tweeted a trend diagram that shows what phrases are happening right now:

He promises another one of these later in the day.

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