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American Scientists Issue Stark Warning on Climate Change

March 19, 2014
Environmental Protection

factoriesA new report from The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) warns that the world is at risk of ‘abrupt, unpredictable, and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts’ due to global warming.

With over 120,000 members, the association is the world’s largest general scientific society. Its release of the report, titled ‘What We Know’, attempts to raise the stakes in the USA’s long-running climate change debate. Written in simple accessible language, the document stresses that time to address the issue is running out.

Dr Mario J Molina, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995, explains: “What’s extremely clear is that there’s a risk, a very significant risk, and you don’t need 100 percent certainty for society to act.” Scientists have identified that the rate of climate change is likely to be as fast as any extended warming period over the past 65 million years, with no sign of that rate of acceleration slowing down.

To work alongside the new document, the association intends to send chief scientists out on speaking tours to try to begin a debate on how to manage the many risks. The report comes a week before the next meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Yokohama, whose latest publication is likely to echo many of the themes identified by the AAAS.

You can download a copy of ‘What We Know’ here