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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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World Climate Research Programme launches a Lighthouse Activity on Climate Intervention Research
How COP28 failed the world’s small islands
Fostering tomorrow’s science: the ISC's engagements with Early and Mid-Career Researchers in 2023
"What's holding us back?": how economists and social scientists might hold the key to climate action
Podcast with Cory Doctorow: Science Fiction and the Future of Science: Leveraging Digital Advancements for the Future
For science-based decision-making on the climate emergency: 10 new insights in climate science
Podcast with Fernanda Trías: Science Fiction and the Future of Science: Lessons from an Eco-Dystopia
Policy Brief: Global Sea-Level Rise
The costs of shifting scenarios: Why the IPCC should maintain consistent vocabulary in climate assessments
New ISC policy brief: A call for a formal scientific voice in the global fight against plastic pollution
Converging and interdependent crises are amplifying the impacts of one another with often devastating consequences
One Planet Polar Summit, scientists striving to bridge the science-policy gap for urgent action: "every tenth of a degree Celsius matters"
Science Fiction and the Future of Science
Call for nomination of experts to draft an outline of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Cities - deadline 15 November
Cultivating a proactive approach to crises: first meeting of the UNEP/ISC foresight expert panel
To achieve sustainable development, the world needs to mobilize around a big science approach once more
Proclamation of the International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly
Sustainability in the Digital Age
Global science needs a new approach to tackle climate change and complex sustainability question
Ambitious global $1 billion per year ‘mission science’ model needed to win on sustainable development in time, warn experts
Charting a New Course: Science Day to Pioneer Evidence-Based Strategies for SDG Acceleration at the HLPF 2023
Frontiers Planet Prize, second edition: celebrating the world’s most innovative sustainability scientists by 1 November
Protecting the ocean: 5 essential reads on invasive species, overfishing and other threats to sea life
The ISC at the Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution
ISC's nomination track ensures transdisciplinary and global representation in UNEP's Scientific Advisory Group for GEO-7 Assessment
Rebalancing Waste Management Governance in Cities with Informal Systems: Engaging Local Stakeholders and Academics through Transdisciplinary Research
UN 2023 Water Conference carries new engagements towards realizing SDG6 and future avenues for a decade of action
IPCC report: the world must cut emissions and urgently adapt to the new climate realities
Delivering actionable and science-based water solutions: new ISC policy brief launched ahead of the 2023 UN Water Conference
ISC-BBC StoryWorks partnership ends on a high note, delivering some of the highest engagement for the BBC
Towards a New Urban Health Science
Distinguished lecture series - From fire to space - Basic sciences lead and shape our paths toward sustainable development
Contribute a blog or news item to the ISC
The ISC and UNEP to cooperate on advancing the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making
Science in Times of Crisis Episode 3 - The Fallout of Conflict: The Arctic and Outer Space
There are 8 years left to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but is it enough time?
Special interview series on COP 27- Interview with Nick Perkins about climate change and science communication
Are we in a new era of climate adaptation implementation? The role of regional governments in facilitating local action
In the face of extreme weather events, coordinated global action to address climate change is needed at COP27
Professor Carlos Lopes on why Africa needs to stick to renewables despite the temptation of gas
Stories of transformations to sustainability
Happy birthday to the Montreal Protocol – the most successful environmental treaty of all time?
Cycling towards sustainable development
A letter to our fellow citizens of Earth
The Biggest Carbon Sink of All
Three things to know about how Intellectual Property can contribute to sustainability transitions
Managed retreat from areas threatened by floods can catalyse positive social transformations
The climate crisis is a health crisis
Funding Science for Global Sustainability
Systemic Risk Briefing Note highlights complexity of interconnected, interdependent, and uncertain challenges
Women Leading on Equitable and Inclusive Solutions to address the Climate Emergency: Webinar
The window for climate action to avoid dangerous systemic risks is narrowing, warns latest IPCC report
Celebrating World Pulses Day 2022
An early career perspective on the science-policy interface in the decade of climate action following COP26
Holiday binge-watching: Science edition
Our most popular stories from 2021
Staying below 1.5°C: what are the chances?
If universities want to hit climate targets, they should use their land for carbon offsetting
Major scientific assessment of the Amazon region issues urgent call to end deforestation and avert tipping points
Climate change projections for Pakistan: the need for sustainable solutions to protect its people and biodiversity
Four considerations for accelerating progress on climate change at the science-policy interface
Ten New Insights in Climate Science 2021 report highlights critical research and policy implications for addressing the climate crisis
Ahead of COP26, Ekanem I. Braide shares her perspective on the priorities for action and the role of science
Climate risk assessment gaps: seamless integration of weather and climate information for community resilience
Increasing the participation of women in the climate change debate, including as leaders, is essential for a carbon-zero future
Deepening interactions between science and policy on the way to COP26: What role for science publishers?
Science as a Global Public Good
Predicting the climate of the next decade
Strengthening the resilience of our global food system while advancing its transformation
Call for emergency action to limit global temperature increases, restore biodiversity, and protect health
Coastal communities in the Arctic rely on structural measures to adapt to climate change, but should they?
Solar Geoengineering at a Standstill?
Deep and sustained emissions reductions required to head off rapid climate change affecting all regions of the world
The carbon skyscraper
Navigating towards sustainability: how research networks can make a difference using the ‘network compass’
Tell me a story – why climate change communication needs to embrace our childlike curiosity
We're in the midst of a global wake-up call
Critical social science perspectives on transformations to sustainability – emerging framings and approaches
COP26 Climate Action Champion Nigel Topping on creating an 'ambition loop' for bolder pathways to change
Strengthening the links between science and society for action on climate change in France
Target high-carbon emitters to accelerate green transition, say leading experts on behavioural change
Working together: Future Earth and WCRP announce partnership to jointly address major societal challenges
What are the climate breakthroughs in 2020?
The “How” of transformation
Taking stock of progress on global change: What to expect from the UNEP Global Assessments Synthesis Report
ISC and Sustainability in the Digital Age partner to drive transformative system changes for an equitable world
Transformation to Sustainability: Integrating Indigenous and Western knowledge systems for water management and governance
Call for nominations: ISC Awards Programme
Coalition for Environmental Sustainability in support of the UN’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation
Tackling Climate Change with COVID-19 Urgency - by ISC Patron, Mary Robinson and ISC President, Daya Reddy
COP25: Time for action
Call for nominations of experts to serve on the Editorial Board of the IPCC Emission Factor Database
Why we need a UN charter
Our Common Digital Future
Funding Science for Sustainability
The triumphs and trials of transdisciplinary research: reflections on the un-disciplining of disciplines
The political challenge of achieving transformations to 1.5ºC – the role of social justice
COP24 side event on The CitiesIPCC Research and Action Agenda for effective urban responses to climate change
How to bring clean energy to informal settlements: Co-designing sustainable energy solutions in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa
Transforming southern African cities in a changing climate – Q and A with Alice McClure from the University of Cape Town
Future of Science: Voices from our partners
Future of Science: Voices from our partners
Future of science: Voices from our partners
Future of science: Voices from our partners
International Council for Science calls on United States to support international efforts to combat dangerous climate change
New report from scientific experts provides a unique guide to translate Sustainable Development Goals into reality
Sustainable Development Goals
World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
Call for Nominations for the Scientific Committee for the Urban Health and Wellbeing programme
ICSU Unions receive award to launch multi-year initiatives in science outreach and education
2015 is the International Year of Light
Landmark scientifc data conference ends with strong support of data sharing for sustainability
Future Earth 2025 Vision
Future Earth Strategic Research Agenda 2014
Paper published on ICSU's programme on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment
Polar year comes to a close
Science Plan on Sustainable Energy – ICSU Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
ICSU launches new programme to understand the human impact on Earth’s life-support systems
International Council for Science (ICSU) launches major research programme on natural disasters
IPY Polar Day Focusing on People
IPY Polar Land and Life Day
IPY Day Focusing on Changing Earth
IPY Day Focusing on Ice Sheets
IPY presents Sea Ice Day
ICSU and Climate Science (2006)
ICSU and Sustainable Development (2006)
At Pivotal Event in China, the International Council for Science Releases New Strategy to Strengthen International Science for the Benefit of Society
ICSU Pursues New Initiative that Challenges Science to Do More to Prevent Natural Disasters
ICSU Scientific meetings probe global issues