Climate change policy reports & statements

30 September 2010  Climate Change: A Summary of Science. A short guide to the science of climate change. The document summarises the current scientific evidence highlighting the areas where the science is well established, where there is still some debate, and where substantial uncertainties remain.

February 2010  Communiqué of the InterAcademy Panel Biodiversity Conference  As a contribution to the International Year of Biodiversity, on 13-14 January 2010, the Royal Society hosted a two-day InterAcademy Panel (IAP) conference on ‘Integrating ecosystem services into biodiversity management’.

December 2009 Inter-Academy Panel statement on Tropical Forests and Climate Change. Fifty four of the world’s science academies have issued a statement emphasising the importance of deforestation as a driver of climate change. The statement calls for the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) mechanism to be an integral part of any global climate change framework and highlights the importance of finance for research, cooperation and developing country mitigation and adaptation efforts.

December 2009    Preventing dangerous climate change. A statement published to coincide with the Copenhagen climate negotiations,  highlighting the need for a global agreement. The statement discussed some of the policy options necessary for a strong agreement for preventing dangerous climate change.

November 2009    Joint Royal Society - NERC - Met Office statement on the science of climate change. This statement focused on the scientific evidence underpinning calls for action at the Copenhagen negotiations.

September 2009    Geoengineering the climate: science, governance and uncertainty.  Chaired by Professor John Shepherd FRS. Provides a detailed assessment of the various methods of geoengineering, and considers the potential efficiency and unintended consequences they may pose.

June 2009 Inter-Academy Panel statement on Ocean Acidification. The oceans have absorbed about a quarter of the carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere by human activities since the industrial revolution and are now more acidic than they have been for 800,000 years. The Inter-Academy Panel on International Issues (or IAP) issued a statement signed by 100 of the world's leading science academies calling for ocean acidification to be placed on the agenda for the UNFCCC talks.

October 2008    Ground-level ozone in the 21st century: future trends, impacts and policy implications. Chaired by Professor David Fowler FRS. Tropospheric ozone is a global air pollution problem and an important greenhouse gas. In large areas of the industrialised and developing world, it remains one of the most pervasive of the global air pollutants. The report provides a review of why control efforts in many parts of the world have failed to reduce ozone and its impacts, and evaluates how important ozone is likely to be for human health, climate and the environment.

April 2008      Letter from the President to the Secretary of State on Carbon Capture and Storage. Highlighted the potential risks that building new coal fired power stations could have for tackling climate change, and the importance of developing and deploying carbon capture and storage technologies as fast as possible.

January 2008    Sustainable biofuels: prospects and challenges. Chaired by Professor John Pickett FRS. Concluded that biofuels had a potentially useful role in tackling the issues of climate change and energy supply. However, important opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels, and to ensure wider environmental and social benefits, may be missed with existing policy frameworks and targets.

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