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The world’s leading universities join the climate fight

A new international network of top universities including the University of Melbourne, Monash and the University of NSW, as well as Oxford, Caltech and the Sorbonne is calling for wealthy nations to commit to net zero emissions targets.

“We implore world leaders – particularly G20 leaders – to learn lessons from managing the pandemic: namely, to heed expert advice, to act with urgency, and to prioritise investments strategically,” says the International Universities Climate Alliance’s first declaration, published on Wednesday.

Climate change could have long-standing impacts on agricultural yields.

Climate change could have long-standing impacts on agricultural yields.Credit:Nick Moir

“In the case of climate change, this means decarbonising the economy to build a climate-resilient world for future generations. Without a focus on a carbon-neutral economy, investments are incompatible with the important commitments that nations have pledged in the Paris Agreement.”

The declaration, signed by 37 leading universities, says that the G20 group of the world’s richest nations has a particular responsibility to act because they represent 85 percent of the world’s wealth and 80 percent of its emissions.

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