Climate developments demand enhanced evidence-based action
An international coalition of 33 meteorological and climate societies and institutions have released a Collective Global Climate Statement to coincide with Earth Day on 22nd April, which this year is focused on environmental and climate literacy. The Statement was initiated and coordinated by the Royal Meteorological Society.
The Statement acknowledges the overwhelming scientific evidence that our planet is warming, largely due to emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities and calls for prompt, sustained, global, collaborative, evidence-based action to avoid the largest impacts of climate change.
It urges governments to fully and urgently implement the commitments made in Paris in 2015 to ensure the future global temperature increase is limited to well below 2°C above the pre-industrial levels, to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C and to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in the second half of this century.
The essential role of meteorological and climate services in developing effective tools and systems for use by decision makers is highlighted, and cooperation and collaboration across countries, business sectors, society, and science, including education, research and innovation, is emphasised.
Dr Emily Shuckburgh FRMetS, Co-Chair of the Society's Climate Science Communication Group who initiated and coordinated the Statement said, "This statement from professional meteorological organisations around the world calls for enhanced evidence-based action on climate change. The Paris Agreement was a huge step forward in the global response to the climate challenge. But with meteorological records being broken again and again as our climate continues to change, it is imperative that the commitments made by governments in Paris are implemented urgently and in full. Importantly, ensuring that global action is sufficient to limit future climate change in-line with the goals of the Paris Agreement demands an on-going global collaborative commitment to maintaining and developing the scientific evidence base. Responding to the climate challenge and seizing the inherent opportunities needs countries, business sectors, civil society groups and the science community all to come together to drive forward the critical under-pinning education, research and innovation."
David Warrilow OBE FRMetS, Chair of the Society's Climate Science Special Interest Group said, "This is a timely reminder that the climate issue is far from being solved and that urgent action by the Governments which signed the Paris agreement is needed to halt and eventually reverse the climate trends reported last month by the World Meteorological Office. The joint statement by a diverse group of independent national meteorological associations is a reminder that there is a clear scientific consensus for action based on the scientific evidence."
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