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Research Honor Society Calls for Support of Climate Scientists and Investments in Research to Reduce Climate Change

October 08, 2018

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC—There is a critical need to support climate scientists, cooperate and collaborate on a global scale to produce research and education that will reduce carbon emissions, and establish policies and investments that enable technology that can limit climate change, says a new statement from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research  Honor Society.  

The 132-year-old organization is the largest honor society for scientists and engineers of all research backgrounds. 

“Scientific evidence continues to confirm that human activities are contributing to the warming of our planet,” the Sigma Xi Board of Directors state. “…Risks to human health are among the most threatening of global warming-associated climate change, and are accelerating.” The full statement is published here:

The statement comes on the same day that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report stating that the world is already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels and that a number of climate change impacts could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C. However, the report also states that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.