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Climate research universities unite to accelerate action

An International Universities Climate Alliance has been established to help communicate research insights on the most effective means to meet the unprecedented global challenge of climate change.

UNSW Sydney is facilitating the establishment of the International Universities Climate Alliance in its first year and has invited the world’s leading climate research universities to join the Alliance to date. Launching April 2, 2020 the Alliance members are to work together to identify the most effective ways to communicate research-based facts related to climate change to the public. Members will engage in work across climate change science, impact, mitigation strategies and adaptation.

Membership comprises a global network of universities, united by their dedication to producing critical climate research. The Climate Alliance benefits from a multi-disciplinary research focus around the most important research themes to enable greater engagement with policymakers, educators and business leaders looking to apply the latest research findings to accelerate climate action.

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UNSW Sydney’s President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs initiated the creation of the International Universities Climate Alliance (‘Climate Alliance’) because of the vital role universities play in advancing the science and solutions in this field, saying

“This new Alliance will be at the forefront of the international conversation around addressing climate change.”

Notwithstanding current urgencies around the coronavirus pandemic, the members decided not to delay formation of the Alliance due to the pressing and ongoing need to accelerate climate action.

Professor Matthew England, academic lead of the UNSW Climate Change Grand Challenge, hopes this Alliance will encourage a new era in engagement between researchers and the public; “Worldwide interest to act on climate change is strong but the pace of action has been far too slow. The Alliance aims to accelerate the global response by being a leading voice for scientifically based mitigation and adaptation strategies.”

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Climate Alliance Member Universities

Arizona State University
California Institute of Technology
China University of Geosciences
Cornell University
Delft University of Technology
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
King’s College London
McGill University
Monash University
Nanjing University
National University of Singapore
New York University
Oregon State University
Penn State University

Sorbonne University
TERI School of Advanced Studies
Texas A&M University
University of São Paulo
University of Bern
University of Bremen
University of Bristol
University of Cape Town
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Ghana
University of Helsinki
University of Hong Kong

University of Illinois
University of Leeds
University of Manchester
University of Melbourne
University of Nairobi
University of NSW
University of Reading
University of Southampton
University of Tasmania
University of the South Pacific
University of Waikato
University of Washington
Utrecht University


International Universities Climate Alliance, a consortium that represents the world’s highest performing climate research institutions with a united mission to communicate climate change to the global community with authority and clarity.