Forging links between climate change scientists and policymakers

Oct 16, 2013
Forging links between climate change scientists and policymakers
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Adapting to climate change is one of the most important issues facing society in the 21st century. As such, climate change impact assessment and adaptation have become important areas of scientific research and policy development.

International political agreements, commitments and initiatives now act as scientific and technological drivers, shaping research activities. At the same time, unprecedented levels of interaction between scientists and policymakers have developed. Scientific experts are being called upon to advise and enable informed decision making. But linking science and politics is not a straightforward affair.

The EU-funded project CIRCLE-2 ('Climate impact research and response coordination for a larger Europe - 2nd generation ERA-NET - Science meets policy') is working to support a common European research agenda and share good practices on adaptation with national and European decision makers.

The project aims to make sure research addresses real national and European policy needs by developing a European network to fund research and share knowledge on climate adaptation. The project is also promoting long-term cooperation among national and regional climate change funding and research programmes.

The project, led by the Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, began by analysing the available knowledge on , vulnerability and adaptation. The project also explored opportunities for long-term transnational research cooperation.

They looked at ways to develop a common EU agenda focusing on climate adaptation research and policy.

The project analysed how joint funding calls and other financing programmes can incorporate the needs of both funding organisations and government authorities and how they can best respond to real scientific and policy issues. Several joint initiatives and joint calls for research projects were launched.

Finally, CIRCLE-2 aims to help researchers share knowledge and experiences. The project organised several workshops, some in cooperation with other initiatives and organisations. Project partners say these had a clear impact on climate-change research and developments in Europe.

Climate change research is a vibrant field, with new national programmes emerging to replace older ones. Owing to this dynamic state of affairs, efforts to coordinate research such as those delivered by CIRCLE-2 come at just the right time.

The project has created a seamless network of 34 institutions from 23 countries where knowledge on good practices in research programming and funding can be shared. This network is closely collaborating with the EU Climate joint programming initiative (JPI) with the goal of reinforcing the links between national research activities in this area in EU Member States.

CIRCLE-2 received around EUR 2 million in funding from the EU. The project is due to end in April 2014.

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More information: www.circle-era.eu

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mememine69
1.6 / 5 (20) Oct 16, 2013
REAL planet lovers are REAL progressives are happy not disappointed at the very prospect that a crisis for our children was thankfully just a tragic exaggeration.The rest of you just hate yourselves and humanity itself and want to watch the world burn as you take us all down with you. Did Bush fear monger billions of children with a crisis exaggeration?
Prove me wrong; Science has never said or agreed or had consensus that a crisis WILL happen just "could" happen, so why are you news editors saying it WILL happen when science has only said it "could"? Science has NEVER said their own 30 year old crisis was "inevitable" or "eventual" and agreed on nothing beyond "could be". Only news editors and politicians agree a crisis WILL happen.

What has to happen now after 30 years besides complete unstoppable warming for science to end this costly debate to save the planet and finally agree it WILL be a crisis, not just "could be" a crisis? Help my planet could possibly be on fire maybe? Without a real warning for a real crisis any CO2 mitigation is impossible.

*The Deniers Have Won because "crisis" was exaggerated by you "believers" not science.

*Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.

*Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).
cantdrive85
1.7 / 5 (22) Oct 16, 2013
International political agreements, commitments and initiatives now act as scientific and technological drivers, shaping research activities.

AGWites don't see the conflict here, but why would they with such myopic POV's.
ryggesogn2
1.8 / 5 (23) Oct 16, 2013
"Adapting to climate change is one of the most important issues facing society in the 21st century. "
AGWites keep saying climate change must be STOPPED.

"But linking science and politics is not a straightforward affair. "
Some say it should NOT be done.
Willkor
4.1 / 5 (13) Oct 16, 2013
Mememine69--For a long time you've been flogging the notion that because scientists can't say that a climate crisis WILL happen, that we shouldn't believe them. But you're just betraying your ignorance of science and scientific method. Scientists will give us probabilities. The latest IPCC synthesis says they're 95-per-cent certain. The previous report was something like 90 percent. So they're more certain now than they were just a few years ago. But 100-per-cent certain? Nope.
If you want 100-per-cent certainty, you should go to church.
Neinsense99
3.1 / 5 (17) Oct 17, 2013
Mememine69--For a long time you've been flogging the notion that because scientists can't say that a climate crisis WILL happen, that we shouldn't believe them. But you're just betraying your ignorance of science and scientific method. Scientists will give us probabilities. The latest IPCC synthesis says they're 95-per-cent certain. The previous report was something like 90 percent. So they're more certain now than they were just a few years ago. But 100-per-cent certain? Nope.
If you want 100-per-cent certainty, you should go to church.

That might be where they are posting from.
VendicarE
3.6 / 5 (9) Oct 17, 2013
""But linking science and politics is not a straightforward affair. "
Some say it should NOT be done." - RyggTard

Then why are you and your denialist brothers in crime perpetually doing it?

Are you corrupt? Or are you just stupid?
ryggesogn2
1.9 / 5 (13) Oct 17, 2013
The latest IPCC synthesis says they're 95-per-cent certain.

The IPCC is a political organization.
VendicarE
3.4 / 5 (5) Oct 17, 2013
"AGWites keep saying climate change must be STOPPED." - RyggTard

Ya, but it can be slowed. Perhaps to 1'C per century for two centuries or so.

Temperature rise so far is 0.8'C and is expected to be three to 5 times that by the end of this century.
VendicarE
3.4 / 5 (5) Oct 17, 2013
"The IPCC is a political organization." - RyggTard

Consisting of roughly 3,000 unpaid, volunteer scientists who review the scientific literature and charged with writing a synopsis of that literature.

randallnix
1 / 5 (7) Oct 17, 2013

You guys really should watch this:

http://thoughtmay...ace/#top
Eikka
1 / 5 (8) Oct 20, 2013
Consisting of roughly 3,000 unpaid, volunteer scientists who review the scientific literature and charged with writing a synopsis of that literature.


Consider it advertising. It would be slightly too transparent if the politicians were funneling money directly to the IPCC.

IPCC is an organization tasked with the job to keep telling politicians and the media that the sky is going to fall and we're to blame, so that the scared public would grant politicians to keep supplying more funding to research that says the sky is going to fall and we're to blame.

If the IPCC were to say, "Okay, so we warmed the planet up a bit but it's probably not going to be all that bad", we'd immediately lose interest and half the climate scientists and political pundits out there would lose their jobs.
Eikka
1 / 5 (8) Oct 20, 2013

You guys really should watch this:

http://thoughtmay...ace/#top


You should really watch this:
http://www.youtub...X3F7uTrg
Neinsense99
2.2 / 5 (6) Oct 20, 2013

You guys really should watch this:

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You really should provide a description of something you expect people to click on. Perhaps you didn't for a reason?