Climate change

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Study of climate change and the science behind global warming.

Many national and international science academies and professional societies have assessed current scientific opinion on climate change. These assessments have largely followed or endorsed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) position that "An increasing body of observations gives a collective picture of a warming world and other changes in the climate system... There is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities."

Below are links to statements and reports by a range of scientific bodies of national or international standing. Links to further reading can be found on the right hand side of this page.

UK Academies and learned societies

The Society of Biology is the professional body for UK biologists with over 80,000 members including practicing scientists, students at all levels, professional in academia, industry and education, and non-professionals with an interest in biology. 

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is the leading professional and examining body for scientists, engineers, other environmental professionals, students and those committed to the sustainable management and development of water and the environment.

The Geological Society of London was founded in 1807. It is the UK national society for geoscience, and the oldest geological society in the world.

The Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge, known simply as the Royal Society, is a learned society for science that was founded in 1660 and claims to be the oldest such society still in existence. It plays an influential role in national and international science policy.

UK Government

The UK Government's Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008 bringing together UK energy policy and climate change policy, and takes the policy lead in the UK in tackling UK energy and climate change challenges.

The House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Select Committee conducts enquiries and provides reports on a range of matters concerning UK energy and climate change policy.

In advance of the Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia in November 2007 the UK Government set out its views on the international climate change negotiations and a post 2012 framework to tackle climate change.

International Scientific Bodies

The G8+5 National Science Academies' Joint National Statement of Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America in 2009. 

The Joint National Science Academies of Brazil Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America issued a statement in June 2005.

The European Science Foundation (ESF) is an association of 77 member organisations devoted to scientific research in 30 European countries. Since we were established in 1974, we have coordinated a wide range of pan-European scientific initiatives, and our flexible organisation structure means we can respond quickly to new developments.