“The COP27 climate summit offers an opportunity to make greater progress on transitioning to a low-emissions world while protecting nations and communities that are most affected by the impacts of climate change, as well as maintaining food and water security around the world — both of which are under stress. The summit also can advance innovations in how nations finance climate-resilient development and invest in future energy infrastructure.

We are seeing encouraging signs of progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as renewable energy sources become more widely available and affordable, and here in the U.S., the recent passage of historic legislation to incentivize the shift to clean energy should help boost domestic efforts. Nevertheless, our country, along with much of the world, is still lagging behind in reaching critical emission-reduction targets. Without urgent and sustained action, extreme events such as this year’s record-breaking heat waves in the U.S., devastating droughts in China and Europe, and deadly floods in Pakistan could become the “new normal,” with society’s most vulnerable at particular risk.

We call upon world leaders in government, business, and civil society to continue to work together to forge effective and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. At the U.S. National Academies, we are committed to enlisting science, engineering, and medicine to inform these efforts so that together, we can create a more secure, more sustainable, and more prosperous future for all.”

Marcia McNutt, President, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
John L. Anderson, President, U.S. National Academy of Engineering
Victor J. Dzau, President, U.S. National Academy of Medicine

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(Source: U.S. National Academy of Sciences)

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