National Scientific Society Reacts to IPCC Report Release

Report Reinforces Need for Action to Address Climate Change, Says American Geophysical Union

27 September 2013

WASHINGTON, DC—The following statement is attributable to American Geophysical Union (AGU) executive director/CEO Christine McEntee:

“Today’s release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Assessment 5, Working Group 1 report reinforces what the scientific community has known for some time now: Our climate is changing and human activity is a major influencer. The science is clear and the scientific community is in agreement.

Climate change is already threating our economic health, public safety, and national security. From issues of food security to energy availability, communities, cities, states, and regions across the U.S. and around the world are feeling the effects.

It is not too late to address the impacts of climate change, but the window for meaningful action continues to close. Lessening the negative outcomes will require rapid societal responses that are informed by science and that reflect the perspectives and commitment of all stakeholders, including international, national, regional, and local governments, the business community, the energy industry, scientific researchers, and many others.”

AGU’s Climate Change Position Statement

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