Humanity faces “untold suffering due to the climate crisis”, unless we make major transformations in our efforts of protecting the planet. The stark warning, came from an alliance of international scientists and researchers and was published in the journal BioScience. To summarize the journal in a few words, Earth is unequivocally facing a “climate emergency.”
“We have joined together to declare a climate emergency because the climate change is more severe and accelerating faster than was expected by scientists,” says Bill Ripple, professor of ecology at Oregon State University and co-author of the paper. “Many of us feel like the time is running out for us to act”, he added.
The warning is specifically focused on the climate crisis by analyzing annual data on population growth, deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption over the last four decades. It shows dangerous trends and urgent changes need to be made. These include ending population growth, leaving fossil fuels in the ground, halting deforestation and reducing meat consumption.
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16 November, 2019