COP26: Critical issues in climate change science

ScienceBrief have been busy preparing exciting new Briefs discussing issues that are highly relevant for the upcoming COP26 in November 2021.

COP26: Critical issues in climate change science

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Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, ScienceBrief will address the big climate change questions that are highly relevant for negotiators and other attendees, through publication of ScienceBrief Reviews. This will help to keep climate change at the top of the media agenda while providing answers on climate science as issues arise.

The issues to be covered by the ScienceBrief COP26 topic, called "Critical Issues in Climate Change Science" fall into three themes: (i) Climate change impacts, (ii) Climate Change Understanding and Projections, and (iii) Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle.

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Addressing topics that better explain the uncertainty in climate science, capturing results from emerging techniques and maintaining media focus, ScienceBrief can support the COP26 objective to raise ambition for climate action. Being focused and rapid, ScienceBrief supports and complements scientific assessment cycles undertaken by IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).

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ScienceBrief aims to publish 10 ScienceBrief Reviews that will support and inform COP26, with the list of topics evolving to follow issues that are topical, of great scientific importance and supported by many peer-reviewed and published papers. The first few Briefs are already published, covering issues such as wildfires, heatwaves, floods and the Arctic, and they can be viewed on