The Russian Academy of Sciences Held the First Conference in the Online International Cooperation Project Cycle.
On March 2–3, 2021, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) held an international online conference “Climate Change and its Consequences.”
The conference inaugurated a series of online events dedicated to the crucial scientific and technological problems in the development of the global community. The decision to hold the conference was made in November 2020 at the third Meeting of ANSO’s Governing Board as part of the Russian initiative presented by RAS President Alexander Sergeev.
The subject of the conference is particularly relevant due to the global environmental challenges our planet is suffering from owing to the climate change. Unpredictable weather conditions threaten agricultural production; uninhabitable territories emerge; global warming reduces biodiversity; famine and water shortages result in a greater number of epidemics.
President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev opened the conference. He said, “Our planet is facing major difficulties owing to the climate changes: glaciers are melting, the sea level is rising, weather conditions are becoming extreme. Sadly, these things are becoming a norm in today’s world. These phenomena have both anthropogenic and natural geodynamic causes, yet they affect the natural environment, socioeconomic aspects, and certainly human lives. This is why climate change is one of the most severe problems for humanity today.”
The first day of the conference was moderated by Vice President of the RAS Yuri Balega; the second day was moderated by Professor Jinghua Cao, Executive Director of the ANSO Secretariat.
The conference program featured presentations by the leading Russian and international scientists including Professor Chunli Bai, President of ANSO; Professor Jürg Luterbacher, Director of Science and Innovations, Chief Scientist of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); RAS Academician Andrey Andrianov, and other speakers.
In their discussions, the speakers concluded that the global scientific community needed to globally consolidate their knowledge and professional experience to achieve the principal goal: preserving the planet for future generations.
“Our principal goal is to preserve the plant for future generations, and it is extremely important that we agree on global joint actions. Unless we take decisive measures today, adapting to climate change later will require even more significant effort and expenses,” Alexander Sergeev noted.
The Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) is a non-profit non-governmental science organization established in 2018 by 37 international academic and educational organizations from around the world. The Alliance is committed to promoting joint sustainable development and achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals through promoting and implementing specific joint international science initiatives, innovations, technologies, and through building potential. The Russian Academy of Sciences is an ANSO member.