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COP26, climate change and the Royal Society

The next decade is make or break.

Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society

COP26, the United Nations climate change conference, is taking place in Glasgow in November 2021. This may be the last, best chance to avert the worst effects of the climate crisis, the defining issue of our time. 

Net zero by 2050

Top scientists from around the world set out ways to slash the amount of harmful greenhouse gases pumped into the atmosphere in a set of briefings published by the Royal Society. These briefings highlight 12 critical technologies and research areas that should be prioritised for achieving ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions. Explore the briefings.

The basics of climate change

In 2020 we worked with the US National Academy of Sciences to review and update the science and statistics behind answers to 20 key questions from the public around climate change. Discover the answers to your questions.

Reversing biodiversity loss

Today, the Earth is losing biodiversity at rates not seen in the modern era. Sir David Attenborough describes the purpose and plight of biodiversity in this short animation. We've also answered 16 key questions about biodiversity, and summarised the major challenges and opportunities for action on biodiversity.

Further resources

We're also producing classroom resources, event series, blog posts, scientific journal articles and engaging interactive experiences to help better communicate the challenges we're facing.

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