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Seizing the momentum: a year of climate science advocacy

2023 was rich in news and breakthroughs for climate science. To catch you up on all the pivotal climate discussions, explore our curated list of blogs and news from the ISC Secretariat, Fellows and partners.

From INC3, to the global sea rise summit, and COP28, the International Science Council (ISC), its Members, Affiliated bodies and partners actively participated in this year’s various events and initiatives on climate, urging policy-makers to seize the momentum and drive ambitious, science-based, sustainable policy solutions to face the existential climate threat.

“What’s holding us back?”: how economists and social scientists might hold the key to climate action

The science is clear: sustainable living within the planet’s boundaries cannot be achieved without a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels. As COP28 negotiations appear to be concluding with no clear consensus for urgent and effective climate action, the International Science Council (ISC) asks: “What is holding us back?” The answer, it seems, lies within the realm of social sciences.

COP28 agreement: embracing the urgency of the scientific consensus?

As COP28 ended in Dubai on December 12, 2023, the international community marked a significant step forward in addressing the climate crisis, while acknowledging the urgent need for greater ambition and action. The International Science Council (ISC), its members, Affiliated bodies and partners actively participated, urging policy-makers to seize the momentum and drive ambitious, science-based, sustainable policy solutions to face the existential climate threat.

A call for a formal scientific voice in the global fight against plastic pollution

In the midst of an escalating global crisis, the International Science Council (ISC) has released a Policy Brief calling for the urgent establishment of a robust science-policy-society interface to tackle the persistent and long-term issue of global plastic pollution.

The dual burden of inequality and disaster-risk

We take a closer look at the link between inequality, disaster resilience, and the urgent need for equitable solutions. Join our discussion with Hélène Jacot des Combes, disaster-risk reduction expert and new Project Manager at the ISC, as we discuss the complex dynamics at play between inequality and disasters.

For science-based decision-making on the climate emergency: 10 new insights in climate science

Every year, ISC Affiliated Bodies Future Earth and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), in partnership with the Earth League, convene leading global scholars to review the most critical findings in climate research. Through a rigorous scientific process, these findings are summarized into 10 insights, offering valuable guidance for policymakers and society.

The costs of shifting scenarios: Why the IPCC should maintain consistent vocabulary in climate assessments

In this insightful article, Bapon Fakhruddin, esteemed hydro-meteorologist, and climate risk assessor, and Jana Sillmann, distinguished geo-ecologist, warn about the negative impacts of the changing IPCC scenario terminology. Beyond transition costs, the terminology changes also harm the application of such scenarios in policy settings.

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