11 February 2022

Introducing Cervest’s Women in Climate Science Hub

Dr. Helen Beddow

By Dr. Helen Beddow

Introducing Cervest’s Women in Climate Science Hub

In celebration of the 7th International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Cervest has launched the Women in Climate Science Hub, an online resource center filled with useful materials about pursuing and excelling in a career in this important field. 

The International Day of Women and Girls is Science was founded to support women and girls interested or already involved in STEM-related disciplines. This support is dearly needed in the world of climate science. Simply put, there are not enough women in our field. Of Reuter’s list of the 1,000-most influential climate scientists, less than one in seven were women. This fact is all the more startling when you consider that women are far more severely affected by climate change than men, despite having a smaller carbon footprint.

Although women are more severely impacted by climate change than men, fewer than 14% of Reuter’s 1000-most influential climate scientists are women.

Supporting women climate scientists and highlighting their achievements is not only a moral imperative, it is a global necessity. To build a more resilient planet, we need to cultivate scientific talent across the board. This talent must be drawn from around the world, ensuring that all countries affected by climate change contribute to the debate, not just wealthier nations.

Science must be at the core of everything we do - from modeling climate risks to incorporating Climate Intelligence into our decision-making. These tasks will require new ideas and novel solutions, fuelled by diversity of ideas and talent. 

Water unites us

The consequences of not building a more resilient planet are underscored by the theme of this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science–Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Water Unites Us. 

It’s true that we’re all connected by water. Culturally, spiritually, and practically. One of our climate’s functions is to move water around the planet. Every single person on the planet relies on the water cycle as the foundation of life on Earth. At the same time, water has the power to devastate communities. Roughly one third of Earth’s population - 2.3 billion people - live in water-stressed countries. Meanwhile, nearly 1.5 billion people are faced with the risk of intense flooding. 

This gulf between the scarcity of water in some parts of the globe and destructive abundance of it in others will only widen as global temperatures rise. One study found that flooding in the UK could increase 35% in the next 60 years. In the US, the risk of flooding could increase more than 26% by 2050.

Roughly one third of the earth’s population live in water-stressed countries. Nearly 1.5 billion face the risk of intense flooding.

The impact of climate change on water reminds us of the size and urgency of our challenge. We must expand our understanding, develop strategies to protect our assets, and create science-backed plans to shore up our communities. These steps will require new technologies, like EarthScan, which allows anyone to investigate water hazards across multiple time horizons, and also the involvement of more scientists, especially women. 

This is why the mission of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science is so important. We are proud to contribute to it.

If you’re interested in a career in climate science at Cervest, or looking at our other job openings, check out our jobs page. If you want to learn more about the work we’re doing at Cervest, and our mission to empower everyone to adapt with climate change, head over to our about us page

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