As the UK's national academy of science, the Royal Society has a responsibility to speak out when scientific evidence is misrepresented. We will continue to do this on climate change and on other issues.
It is essential that the scientific evidence on climate change is accurately represented so that policymakers, industry, the public and other stakeholders can make informed decisions about what actions to take.
In particular, it is important to note that:
- The Royal Society's objective is to promote debate on climate change and to ensure that it is informed by sound science; it is not our intention to stifle debate.
- The Society has never objected to the funding of scientific research by ExxonMobil. We actively promote scientific research that seeks to improve our understanding of climate change.
- We do have concerns about ExxonMobil's funding of lobby groups that seek to misrepresent the scientific evidence relating to climate change.