Climate scientists are planning to call an emergency conference next month to warn the world’s politicians they are being too timid (there are other words) in the face of climate change.
This kind of thing doesn’t come easily to scientists, who typically prefer not to turn their careful practice into a public parade, but the dangers of doing nothing are too great. One of the organisers, Katherine Richardson, fromthe Uni of Copenhagen says “This is not a regular scientific conference. This is a deliberate attempt to influence policy.”
The meeting will use the latest science to publish an update to the 2007 IPCC report, which Richardson says was “wishy-washy” on subjects including sea-level rise.
“The IPCC talks of a 40cm sea rise this century. Well, if the consensus now is a rise of a metre or more then they need to know that”.