For Immediate Release

GSA Statement on Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal

Boulder, Colo., USA: The Geological Society of America affirms its position (adopted 2006 and revised 2010, 2013 and 2015) that human activities, particularly greenhouse gas emissions, are the dominant cause of recent global warming. We encourage GSA members and policymakers to support the development and execution of comprehensive mitigation and adaptation strategies to address climate change drivers and impacts in the short-, medium-, and long-term.

While strategies must be pursued at the local, state, and national levels, global warming and climate change impacts are of global scope and concern. The Paris Climate Agreement provides a framework for an international effort to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies which recognize the real and present impacts of climate change.

The withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement does not negate the need, or indeed the obligation, of our nation's leaders to concurrently pursue the research and actions necessary to mitigate the high impact of rapid climate change to human and natural systems across the U.S. and the globe.

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The Geological Society of America, founded in 1888, is a scientific society with more than 26,000 members from academia, government, and industry in more than 100 countries. Through its meetings, publications, and programs, GSA enhances the professional growth of its members and promotes the geosciences in the service of humankind. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, GSA encourages cooperative research among earth, life, planetary, and social scientists, fosters public dialogue on geoscience issues, and supports all levels of earth science education.

2 June 2017
GSA Release No. 17-30

Christa Stratton
Director - GSA Communications & Marketing

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