Robert Ashcroft
20 July 2015

IES signs climate communiqué calling on governments to act now

The IES is proud to be of twenty four signatories on a communiqué which has been prepared by some of the UK's foremost academic and professional institutions, calling on national governments to act now to deal with the serious risks posed by climate change.

This communiqué, published today, brings together a diverse range of organisations from across the sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, medicine and engineering for the first time. In this statement, these institutions say that to tackle climate change, governments, including that of the UK, must seize the opportunity at climate talks in Paris in December to negotiate an agreement based on the latest scientific evidence.  

Pointing to that scientific evidence, the organisations say that if we are to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming in this century to 2°C relative to the pre-industrial period, we must transition to a zero-carbon world by early in the second half of the century.

The full communiqué can be downloaded (pdf), by clicking on the image below.



















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Media response to the communiqué

'Act on climate change now, top British institutions tell governments', The Guardian

'The UK’s performance on climate change has set an example for the world', Lord Stern and Sir Brian Hoskins, The Telegraph

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