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Topical Issues

The Commission contributes a stratigraphical viewpoint to topical debates both within geosciences and the broader science community.

Recent contributions include:

As follow-on to the above statements on climate change and global warming implications, alternative and more definitive discussions are the Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) fourth assessment report on climate change, along with the detailed report on the physical science basis of climate change.

Global warming

Global climate change is increasingly recognised as the key threat to the continued development – and even survival - of humanity. In the below links, we give the context obtained from earth history, as the pattern of global environmental change in the past provides an indispensable context to establishing likely trajectories of future climate change. We find that the evidence for human-induced climate change is now persuasive, and the need for direct action compelling.

We urge serious, and immediate, consideration of these issues. The dangers posed by climate change are no longer merely possible and long-term. They are probable, imminent, and global in scope.

Dr. Jan Zalasiewicz, Dr. Tiffany Barry , Dr. Angela Coe, Professor Andy Gale, Dr. Philip Gibbard, Dr. John Gregory, Dr. Mick Oates, Professor Peter Rawson, Dr. Alan Smith