The recognition of the common agreement amongst climate researchers that urgent action is needed on climate change, expressed as mutual support and information sharing across a global and interdisciplinary sector. The process of sharing research has been underpinned by the setting up in 1988 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – which, contrary to popular understanding, covers policy responses to climate change as well as the physical processes of climate, and impacts of climate change. The IPCC has been important in strengthening global scientific research and interchange among not only physical scientists but also social scientists. Climate researchers are highly motivated, given the diminishing ‘time of useful consciousness’ remaining, and there is a widespread sense of urgency and solidarity among them.

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