Preventing dangerous climate change

16 December 2009

Governments of the world are meeting in Copenhagen, with the aim of reaching agreement on how to tackle climate change. At this important time, the Royal Society has chosen to release a new statement: Preventing dangerous climate change.

This statement has been approved by the Council of the Royal Society, and was prepared in consultation with 30 leading climate scientists. It is informed by decades of publicly available, peer-reviewed studies by thousands of scientists across a wide range of disciplines. Climate science, like any other scientific discipline, develops through vigorous debates between experts, but there is an overwhelming consensus regarding its fundamentals. Climate science has a firm basis in physics and is supported by a wealth of evidence from real world observations.