Leading scientists name 10 key climate issues for COP27

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) is the 27th United Nations conference on the subject and is being held from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A new report aims to add further scientific basis to the vast academic literature supporting policy discussion at this year’s Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27).

The report, “10 new perspectives in climate science“, was published by future earth, The Earth Leagueand the World Climate Research Program (PMRC). It supplements the scientific reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), according to Mercedes BustamanteMember of the report writing committee.

“Unlike the IPCC reports, which are not policy prescriptive, the Insights report is openly aimed at policy makers – not only in national governments, but also in local and regional spheres, as well as those in private and financial sectors,” says Bustamante. , IPCC co-author and researcher in systems ecology at the University of Brasilia in Brazil.

“The report is based on new knowledge that has emerged over the last 12 months… We start each year after the COP, and the process goes back to the following COP,” explains Wendy Broadgatedirector of the Future Earth global hub and member of the report’s editorial board.

The 2022 report includes the expertise of more than 60 researchers from around the world, as well as 15 other members of the editorial board. “And we pay very close attention to the balances of expertise, gender and geography among authors,” says Broadgate.

From adaptation to funding, here are this year’s takeaways.

Teresa H. Sadler