Get Green or Die Tryin’

Tuesday we made our way to the conference centre which took a huge amount of time. After what must have been about 2 hours we got there and did our accreditation and met the rest of the PEI team, including  a few of the GSC (Global Scientific Committee) members.

The first impression that one gets is the scale of this operation. 50,000 registered delegates all bustling about in a conference centre that comprises 5 buildings, each the size of the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, one just for the food court. There there are the side pavilions too.

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Busy, busy few weeks in the run up to the Earth Summit in Rio… but I made it!

Brazil is breathtaking.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Planet Earth Institute, I arrived in Rio last Wednesday night (13th) and have spent a wonderful few days enjoying the Brazilian way of life – the beach, the food, the people and all the wonderful sights. Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) was a particular highlight – what a privilege to be here!

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Thoughts on this afternoon’s talk on City Solutions to Climate Change

This afternoon Claire and I are going to an event at the Fort on Copacabana beach on City Solutions to Climate Change organised by the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). This will include an amazing list of speakers that includes:

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Getting ready for the week ahead! A quick update, with lots of news and pictures!

I am in Rio now. Lots has been going on, so here is a quick summary!

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Water-Energy-Food nexus – what is it and how might it be approached at Rio+20?

In the latest of our Rio+20-themed blog posts (and the last before our competition winners travel out to the Earth Summit), our winner Ed, who will be sponsored by Northumbrian Water in Rio, looks at the Water-Energy-Food nexus (one that is particularly pertinent to NIReS) and where the balance should be between these three crucial natural resources.

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Optimistic thoughts …!

In the latest of our blog entries looking forward to the Rio+20 Earth Summit, our competition runner up, James, who will be attending the Earth Summit in person thanks to sponsorship from Newcastle University‘s School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, reflects on his changing hopes and feelings for the summit with less than two weeks to go. Don’t forget, you can follow the progress of our competition winners through this site, but also through our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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