The Rome 2015 - Science Symposium on Climate (November 19-20, 2015 at FAO Headquarters in Rome) produced a Scientific Statement on Climate Change that calls policy-makers, entrepreneurs, institutions and the public at large to take action on climate change. The Statement is authored by the representatives of the several Italian scientific firms and associations that co-organized the event, and it is available in English and Italian. All the Scientific Societies and Associations that undersigned the Scientific Statement also contributed short statements on their specific perspective on the climate sciences in view of COP21 in Paris. Re3 is pleased to publish the Scientific Statement and invites all the Scientific Societies or Associations that agree with the Statement and would like to undersign, share and provide its specific statement, to do so at the link provided below.
SCIENTIFIC STATEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change is one of the most complex and critical challenges the international community is facing. Its negative consequences are highly relevant for our economies and societies, not only for the environment. It is also an opportunity to modernize economic systems and introduce technological and societal innovations.
The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change, which represents the most comprehensive and updated collection of the scientific knowledge on climate, contains a vast body of data and information that collects shared consensus among the scientific community.
The main outcomes from the scientifi community are:
Climate Change has been included by the International community among the Sustainable Development Goals, the set of universally applicable goals that balance the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainable development.
Addressing climate change is therefore one of the objectives defined by the 2030 UN Agenda, that clearly expresses the urgency of reducing global greenhouse gases emissions and addressing adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change.
The choices we make today and in the near future will create different outcomes: climate change related risks for natural and human systems depend on cumulative greenhouse gases emissions, which in turn depend on annual emissions over the next decades. Higher emissions of greenhouse gases will lead to larger warming that will amplify existing risks and create new risks for natural and human systems.
Mitigation and adaptation strategies are necessary to deal with the adverse impacts of climate change, and they should necessarily be part of a decision making process that takes into consideration risk perception and the needs of a territory, balancing benefits and tradeoffs. The involvement of national and local governments, as well as of the private sector, is required in the development and implementation of climate policies.
The undersigned Italian scientific societies and associations call:
The Italian Scientific Societies and Associations:
SISC- Società Italiana per le Scienze del Clima, AGI- Associazione Geofisica Italiana, AIAM
- Associazione Italiana di AgroMeteorologia, AIEAR - Associazione Italiana degli Economisti dell’Ambiente e delle Risorse naturali, ATIt - Associazione Teriologica Italiana, CATAP - Coordinamento delle Associazioni Tecnico-scientifiche per l’Ambiente ed il Paesaggio, COI- Commissione Oceanografica Italiana, FLA - Fondazione Lombardia Ambiente, GII- Gruppo italiano di Idraulica, HOS - Historical Oceanography Society, SIDEA - Società Italiana di Economia Agraria, SMI - Società Meteorologica Italiana.
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