Doomsday warning to humanity signed by 15000 scientists

Doomsday warning to humanity signed by 15000 scientists

More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries worldwide, including scores from MA universities, have signed a letter warning that Earth's environment is on the road to destruction.

They urge "scientists, media influencers and lay citizens" to put pressure on governments to reverse the trend.

This is the second warning which has been issued by the world's leading scientists on this subject, by and large, the first was virtually ignored. They write that humanity has been unsuccessful to assemble adequate development in predominantly in generally deciphering in predicting environmental provocation and distressingly majority are deteriorating.

In 1992, concerns were expressed about "ozone depletion, freshwater availability, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity destruction, climate change, and continued human population growth". So we banned them, and things got better. Once again, they find us sorely wanting.

Writing in the online worldwide journal BioScience, the scientists led by top USA ecologist Professor William Ripple, from Oregon State University, said: "Humanity is now being given a second notice ..." The main aim of the convention of nations being "to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius".

Access to fresh water has declined, as has the amount of forestland and the number of wild-caught fish (a marker of the health of global fisheries).

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Collectively the number of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish in the world has fallen by 29%.

The one bright spot, the scientists note, is that we have dramatically decreased the size of the hole in the ozone layer.

Progress in some areas - such as a reduction in ozone-depleting chemicals and an increase in energy generated from renewable sources - shows that positive changes can be made, the authors wrote.

The authors offer 13 suggestions for reining in our impact on the planet, including establishing nature reserves, reducing food waste, developing green technologies and establishing economic incentives to shift patterns of consumption.

"Scientists are in the business of analyzing data and looking at the long-term consequences", Ripple said in a release. But apparently the world didn't get that message 25 years ago, and the experts who penned the new warning called it "a second notice", like what someone would receive when they don't pay their bills. They are acknowledging the obvious signs that we are heading down an unsustainable path.

To this end, Ripple and his colleagues have formed a new organization, the Alliance of World Scientists, aimed at providing a science-based perspective on issues affecting the well-being of people and the planet. "We are hoping that our paper will ignite a widespread public debate about the global environment and climate".

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