RSE joins Commonwealth Academies of Science in Statement on Climate Change

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has joined science leaders from around the globe to call on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change.

The call is part of a Consensus Statement on Climate Change, launched today by 22 national academies and societies of science from around the Commonwealth, ahead of next month’s Commonwealth summit in the United Kingdom. You can download the statement here.

The statement marks the first time Commonwealth nations have come together to urge their Governments to take further action to achieve net-zero greenhouse gases emissions during the second half of the 21st Century.

Commenting on the agreement, President of the RSE, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell said,

“It is paramount that, as a national academies and leaders in research, we are joint in our efforts to combat the effects of climate change around the globe. Whilst the current commitments in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change are a vital step for climate action; the RSE acknowledges that further action must be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

These actions must be informed by the best available scientific evidence, monitoring and evaluation. The Royal Society of Edinburgh stands ready to assist the Scottish and UK Governments, and indeed broader Commonwealth efforts, by providing sound scientific advice on issues relating to climate change.”

You can read the full press release here.

The Australian Academy of Sciences have also put together a video to mark the statement which you can view below: