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Royal Society and academics clash over influence of oil and gas industry

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Royal Society, a centuries-old British scientific academy, has refused to specifically blame oil and gas companies for their role in climate change, despite pressure from over 2,000 UK academics
• This stance is part of a broader debate over the influence of fossil fuel industries on scientific research and climate policy

🔭 The context: The debate centers around the Royal Society's refusal to issue a statement condemning the fossil fuel industry's culpability in driving the climate crisis
• This comes amidst allegations of undisclosed ties between industry representatives and academic figures in influential positions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This conflict highlights the ongoing tension between the fossil fuel industry's role in global warming and the scientific community's efforts to address climate change
• It raises questions about the integrity of scientific endorsements and the influence of corporate funding on climate-related research

⏭️ What's next: The discord may lead to increased scrutiny of academic-industry partnerships and could influence future policies on how institutions engage with fossil fuel companies, especially in terms of funding and transparency in research

💬 One quote: “This decision not to clearly attribute the role of fossil fuel groups in climate change is mind-boggling,” stated Bill McGuire, professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London

📈 One stat: Fossil fuels are responsible for over 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions. This includes carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal, oil, and natural gas, which are the main drivers of global warming.n the article

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