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Future Earth and The Earth League submit statement to UNFCCC at COP25

Science to COP25: Weather extremes are a new normal, and billions of people are at risk

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(c) Future Earth, The Earth League

Dec 6, Madrid – The pace of contemporary rise in greenhouse gas concentrations
is unprecedented in climate history over the past 66 million years and weather
extremes are the “new normal,” according to some of the latest findings in climate
science compiled in an easy-to-read guide for negotiators, policymakers, and
media for the COP25 summit in Madrid.

The “10 New Insights in Climate Science 2019” will be presented to UNFCCCs
Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa at the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) in Madrid,
6 December, 2019, and distributed to negotiators and journalists.

The report highlights the most recent advances over the last 12 months in the
scientific understanding of the drivers, effects, and impacts of climate change, as
well as societal responses. It is the third annual publication by Future Earth and
The Earth League, two major international organizations representing networks of
global sustainability scientists. It summarizes recent Earth-system science, policy,
public health, and economic research.

Paris targets at risk

"The key insight from the latest climate science is that the Paris climate target of
limiting global warming to 1.5°C, is a planetary boundary we pass at our own peril,
putting all future generations at risk,” says Johan Rockström, director of the
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and co-author of the report.
“Earth observations show that big systems with known tipping points are already
now, at 1°C warming, on the move toward potentially irreversible change, such as
accelerated melting of Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, drying of
rainforests, and thawing of Arctic permafrost," continues Rockström.

Latest science

Each of the 10 chapters have been reviewed by some of the world’s leading
scientists to provide a trustworthy, accurate, and unbiased summary of the latest
climate science.

These insights come after two landmark reports in 2019 from the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change and
Land and Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, as well as “United in
Science,” a scientific synthesis by the world’s leading climate science
organizations released in September 2019.

Future Earth is governed by the International Science Council (ISC), Belmont
Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the
United Nations University (UNU), the World Meteorological Organization, and the
Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum.

10 New Insights in Climate Science 2019.pdf (2,7 MB)

Summary of the 10 New Insights in Climate Science 2019