11,000 Scientists Officially Declare A Climate Emergency, Warn Of "Untold Suffering"
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11,000 Scientists Officially Declare A Climate Emergency, Warn Of "Untold Suffering"

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By: Oliver G. Alvar

November 7, 2019

What's on 11,000 Scientists Officially Declare A Climate Emergency, Warn Of "Untold Suffering"
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By: Oliver G. Alvar

November 7, 2019

More than 11,000 scientists co-signed a new paper declaring a climate emergency, warning that climate change is leading us towards "untold human suffering."

In yet another confirmation from the scientific community about the undeniable environmental threat we're facing due to reckless human activity, 11,000 scientists from 153 different countries have "clearly and unequivocally" declared a climate emergency, warning the world of "untold human suffering" unless we radically change our currently-unsustainable way of life.

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A major change is needed

"Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any great existential threat," they said in the paper, published in BioScience magazine on Tuesday. "To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live ... [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems."

The signatories' call to action includes suggestions on the steps we must take in order to avoid a greater catastrophe than we're already facing. Specifically, they suggest to replace fossil fuels with renewable energies that entail low carbon pollution, reducing the overall emissions of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide, implementing measures to protect the stability of the planet's ecosystems, adopting a diet with based on fewer animal products, promoting a carbon-free economy, and stabilizing human population levels.

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Currently, the bad outweighs the good

Some current trends, scientists note, are positive, such as a declining birth rate across the world, a rise in the use of renewables, and an increasing level of international awareness. Unfortunately, negative trends far outweigh the positive, including a rise in meat consumption, an accelerated rate of deforestation that's rapidly and irreparably destroying crucial ecosystems for quick money-grabs, increasing air travel, and a dramatic rise in global carbon emissions. 

scientists declare climate emergency warning untold suffering

“Ice is rapidly disappearing as shown by declining trends in minimum summer Arctic sea ice, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, and glacier thickness.” The scientists said. “All of these rapid changes highlight the urgent need for action.”

And though public awareness regarding the issue is changing for the better, it's not doing so quickly enough. Headed by William Ripple and Christopher Wolf of Oregon State University, the immense group of researchers said in their statement that climate change is accelerating faster than most scientists had previously estimated, adding that, "despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with few exceptions, we have generally conducted business as usual and have largely failed to address this predicament.

The news comes just days after Donald Trump, in a move described by many as "reckless," formally initiated the proceedings to take the U.S. out of the crucial Paris agreement, making it the only country in the whole planet not to be officially involved in the accord.

scientists declare climate emergency warning untold suffering

This is not the first time scientists have grouped together to dramatically warn us of the impending catastrophe—but the need to do so again only shows that the scientific community is having a difficult time making the general public understand just how much trouble we're actually in. Hopefully, with more and more people around the world fighting to stop the human trends that would make our planet uninhabitable by future generations, their voices will not go unheard this time around. 

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