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Rosina Bierbaum (2nd from left), Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) addressed the 57th Council of Countries this week in Washington, DC. Professor Bierbaum explained how new science warns that the confluence of accelerating climate change and biodiversity loss is bringing us very close to awakening 'sleeping giants' or transgressing tipping points in the earth's systems - e.g., in the arctic, the Amazon, and coral reefs. "Past is not prologue", she said, and "baselines are changing, even as GEF projects are being implemented". STAP is, therefore, helping development agencies screen projects and programs for... Read More

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 dicsussion at Morgan Stanley's Sustainable Investing Summit.

You can read more details of the discussions here.




The GEF Live interview of Rosina Bierbaum, STAP Chair, recently recorded at the 57th GEF Council Meeting, can be viewed by clicking here.




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. 

"As a first-generation college graduate hailing from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, I know I would not be here without “Star Trek”, a lot of science fairs, and many, many patient mentors along the way,"

"Their strongest advice to me was that doing research was not enough, but one should strive to be a ‘civic scientist’ and communicate the value of science to the public.”

“My unusual career has... Read More






The open session of the bi-annual STAP Meeting was held in connection with the 54th GEF Council and 6th GEF Assembly Meetings in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

The meeting was held in the Ariyana Ballroom 1A, Ariyana Convention Center, on the grounds of the Furama Resort. The open session featured the following list of  presentations, with discussions on: Climate Risk Screening, Environmental Security, Circular Economy, and Local Commons for Global Benefits. You may access these presentations below.