Expert Reaction: Global science leaders call for further action on climate change ahead of CHOGM 2018

12 Mar 2018

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The Australian Academy of Science has joined Commonwealth of Nations science leaders from around the globe to call on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change. The call is part of a Consensus Statement on Climate Change launched today by 21 national academies and societies of science from around the Commonwealth, ahead of next month’s CHOGM summit in the United Kingdom. The consensus statement, which represents the consensus views of tens of thousands of scientists, marks the first time Commonwealth nations have come together to urge their Governments to take further action to achieve net-zero greenhouse gases emissions during the second half of the 21st Century.

 

Professor Ben Hankamer is the Director of the Centre for Solar Biotechnology at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland


"I strongly support the position taken by the Australian Academy of Science. Climate change is one of the most critical issues facing the human population and the natural world.

The predicted effects of climate change are rapidly getting worse and determined, fact based leadership is now essential. It is critical that political leaders have the courage to lead on this issue, that they support our scientists and industry to face and tackle this challenge of our time."

 

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