The Nexus is already at the forefront of political and scientific debate

This is a blog post originally published at following an invitation to write some comments on a talk held at the German Pavillion at Rio+20.

“An avid follower of the Nexus Platform website, I was thrilled to find out about the side event happening at the German Pavillion at Rio+20. This discussion, held in the late afternoon of what was otherwise a disappointing Thursday at the Earth Summit, gave me encouragement on two accounts before I had even arrived.” – Edward Byers

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Don’t Walk Away

Sitting in the food court at Rio Centro – the hub of Rio+20 – grabbing a quick bite to eat, taking some time to process my thoughts.

The last few days have been great. I must say a special thanks to the Planet Earth Institute for funding this trip for me – it has been an invaluable experience to be here and participate in the conference.

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Time flies when you’re having fun!

Its the 21st already?!

I hardly know where the time has gone!

So much has happened in the last few days – here are a few worth a mention:

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Goals for Rio+20 Earth Summit

According to news reports yesterday, a document has been leaked which purports to reveal the 10 goals that world leaders are going to be asked to sign up to at this year’s Earth Summit in Brazil.

If the report (and document) is accurate, then the Summit looks set to ask leaders to agree to 10 new sustainable development goals and to promise to build green economies.

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HS2 High Speed Rail Link: A Researcher’s Perspective

The UK government has announced the approval for the construction of a newly-built high speed rail link between London and Birmingham and further to Manchester and Leeds.

A seamless link between this Y-shaped network and the existing East and West coast main lines will be included, giving the North-East access to the benefits provided by this investment.

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Is Burning Coal Underground the Future?

Newcastle University’s Professor Paul Younger debated the issue on Channel 4 News this week.

You  can see the clip and related footage via the news article on the Channel 4 website at: or access it directly at

What do you think? Leave your comments at the bottom of this page.