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A major international science conference begins in Paris Tuesday to table the latest thinking on managing climate change and avoiding its worst impacts.

With close to 2000 academics from almost 100 countries, Our Common Future Under Climate Change (CFCC15) is the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UN Conference of the Parties (COP21) summit in Paris in December. During COP21 governments are expected to formalise a new and inclusive global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020.

The CFCC15 Conference comes nine months after publication of the biggest-ever report by scientists for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which concluded that governments can keep climate change in check at manageable costs but will have to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero to limit risks of irreversible damage.

The four-day science meeting at UNESCO Paris will update latest knowledge on climate changes and effects, as well as the different options societies have to respond.

“This conference is deliberately solutions-focused. A wide variety of evidence-based solutions are economically attractive and scaleable, to both limit the amount of climate change that occurs and prepare us to deal as effectively as possible with the changes that cannot be avoided. It is not scientists’ role to tell governments what to do in December, but to illuminate the choices – each with different levels of cost and risk, as well as opportunities to help build robust economies and vibrant communities” said Chris Field, Chair of the CFCC15 Scientific Committee and head of the US Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology.

CFCC15 will explore the latest scientific understanding of all dimensions of climate-change management, from sustainable economic models and social attitudes, to coastal protection projects and renewables innovation.

Chair of the Organising Committee Hervé Le Treut, Professor of Climatology at Paris’ Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) which is co-hosting the science conference with UNESCO, adds:

“Climate science is evolving, from identifying changes underway and modeling future shifts and risks, to defining and refining the understanding we need to reduce those risks. It is complex, but the extraordinary array of expertise at the conference shows that scientists are engaged, and collaborating more than ever, in helping to advance solutions that are fair, and within reach – especially for less-developed countries.”

Our Common Future under Climate Change concludes on Friday 10th July with a high-level political closing session attended by senior French government representatives as well as the lead negotiators for the UN treaty process.

See the full press release by the conference organizers

See the conference website

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