It is a critical time for the state of the planet and human wellbeing. Find out more about the Society’s work exploring changes and how they might affect us in the future.Read more
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Briefings on 12 science and technology areas key for accelerating progress towards ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions and increased resilience to climate change.
We’ve published a summary of three reports released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the implications for the UK. Read the summary now.
Find answers to key questions about biodiversity, along with a video from Sir David Attenborough to explain the importance of biodiversity.
Our current programme to inform a long-term vision for how the UK manages its land.multifunctional-land-use
Our interactive infographic about greenhouse gas removal lets you explore the different current and potential technologies we can use to help the UK reach net-zero by 2050.Explore now
The Royal Society’s ‘Future of oceans’ project considers how we might use the mineral and genetic wealth of the oceans, as well as the drivers and wider consequences of doing so.Download the evidence pack
This is a short summary of a detailed discussion of climate change science. It is now more certain than ever, based on many lines of evidence, that humans are changing Earth’s climate.Explore the short guide
Our joint project with the Royal Academy of Engineering considers the role that removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere can have in tackling climate change.Download the report
‘Resilience to extreme weather’ investigates key questions to help inform important decisions about adaptation and risk reduction that are being made at global, national and local levels.Read the report
Explore information about genetically modified (GM) plants, with answers to 18 questions by expert independent scientists and an animation on the basic science of GM.Find out more
Building on the Royal Society’s 2014 ‘Resilience to extreme weather’ report, this statement outlines the need to make international policy frameworks on disasters, development and climate change consistent and underpinned by science.Download the statement
Observing the Earth - Expert views on environmental observation for the UK.Read the report
A report produced with the National Academy of Sciences on integrated assessments of linked human-natural systems.Download the report
This project was a major study investigating the links between global population and consumption, and the implications for a finite planet.Read more about the project
A review conducted with the Royal Academy of Engineering of the scientific and engineering evidence of the risks associated with hydraulic fracturing as a means to extract shale gas.Read the full report
A report by the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) that reviews the different perspectives and governance possibilities related to Solar Radiation Management.Download the report
Browse all reports and statements relating to Energy, environment and climate.Browse related reports
Professor Eric Wolff FRS
Professor Eric Wolff FRS
Professor Eric Wolff is a Royal Society Research Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge.
He uses the chemical composition of ice cores to reveal the nature of Earth’s past climates and led the science group of the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica, which produced detailed climate records spanning back 800,000 years.Read more