Geologists have often served fossil fuel exploration – now is the time for them to focus on climate change and other global sustainability goals, says Christopher Jackson

By Christopher Jackson
Michelle Durbano
THIS year has brought into sharp focus the importance of scientists in our everyday lives. Vaccinologists have sought to create inoculations to help tackle the covid-19 pandemic, and have succeeded. Virologists, epidemiologists and behavioural scientists have directly informed government policies that control our movements to keep us safer.
Pandemics come and (we hope) go. But what of global warming? Overshadowed in 2020, this threat to the environment, global health and our economic well-being will persist for generations after covid-19. Scientists clearly have a pivotal role in understanding and, ultimately, informing policies that aim to mitigate its …