A letter to the Prime Minister outlining the threats and opportunities for the UK national interest arising from the recent elections in the United States has been signed by dozens of leading scientists from across the UK, including members of the Society. The letter urges Theresa May to ask president-elect Donald Trump not to weaken efforts to fight global warming, to acknowledge the risks of climate change and to declare his support for international efforts to combat it.
Prof Piers Forster FRMetS, a signatory of the letter and director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate at Leeds University said, “We don’t know how bad it will be, and it seems that Trump has slightly gone back on some of the rhetoric, but there are still worrying concerns. What concerns me is that if we don’t have good scientific data and observations coming from America, we’ll be flying blind.”
Other signatories to the letter include Professor Joanna Haigh CBE FRS (Co-Director Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London), Professor Sir Brian Hoskins CBE FRS (Chair, Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London), Dr Emily Shuckburgh FRMetS OBE (Deputy-Head of Polar Oceans, British Antarctic Survey), Prof Phil Jones (director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia), Prof Corinne Le Quéré (director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research), and Prof Jim Hall (director of the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University).