Consultation response: Climate - public understanding and its policy implications

17 June 2013

The Royal Society has responded to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee consultation on Climate: Public understanding and its policy implications. The submission outlines the importance of a number of core principles for science advice from all sources: openness and transparency; representing the best expertise across all relevant disciplines; independence; accurately reflecting the latest science, and; clarity around any scientific uncertainties. It highlights that public and stakeholder dialogue is vital in broadening understanding of science and technology issues and in developing appropriate policy responses.

Professor John Pethica, Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society, also gave oral evidence to the Committee on 26 June 2013.