WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2018 — In light of the recent release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II, the American Chemical Society (ACS) urges policymakers to work together to address humanity’s role in climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report is deeply concerning, and it should move the administration and Congress to take immediate steps to deal with this growing crisis.
The report focuses on the increasing seriousness and frequency of weather-related events and their devastating impacts. Its findings represent a comprehensive look at the state of both climate science research and the effects of uncontrolled GHG emissions.
For nearly two decades, ACS has strongly supported the findings of the scientific community regarding anthropogenic climate change. As noted in the ACS policy position on Global Climate Change:
“The American Chemical Society (ACS) acknowledges that climate change is real, is serious and has been influenced by anthropogenic activity. Unmitigated climate change will lead to increases in extreme weather events and will cause significant sea level rise, causing property damage and population displacement. It also will continue to degrade ecosystems and natural resources, affecting food and water availability and human health, further burdening economies and societies. Continued uncontrolled GHG emissions will accelerate and compound the effects and risks of climate change well into the future.”
ACS looks forward to working with all parties to address our changing climate, which will continue to be a focus of the Society’s research, publishing and policy activities.
The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, is a not-for-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. ACS does not conduct research, but publishes and publicizes peer-reviewed scientific studies. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.