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15,000 scientists issue 'warning to humanity'


Posted on Monday, 13 November, 2017 | Comment icon 77 comments

Things are not looking too good for the future. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 NikoLang
Thousands of scientists from 184 countries have issued a stark warning about the future of our planet.
The warning, which comes 25 years after a mere 1,500 scientists issued a similar warning in 1992, has been trending on Twitter with the hashtag #ScientistsWarningToHumanity.

The campaign was started by William Ripple of Oregon State University's College of Forestry who, along with graduate student Christopher Wolf, conducted a revised analysis of each of the concerns that had been raised a quarter of a century ago.

With the exception of a rapid decline in the rate of ozone depletion, the findings were grim.

In addition to climate change, Ripple highlighted multiple environmental concerns including ocean dead zones, dwindling biodiversity, forest losses and unsustainable marine fisheries.

"The trends are alarming, and they speak for themselves," he said.

"The scientists around the world are very concerned about the state of the world, the environmental situation and climate change. So this allows them to have a collective voice."

Co-author Professor Eileen Crist also echoed the concerns highlighted in the report.

"We are in the throes of a mass extinction event that is anthropogenic," she said. "If we lose 50 to 75 per cent of the species on the planet in this century - which is what scientists are telling us what will occur if we continue to operate as business-as-usual. If this happens, this can not be fixed."

Source: CBC.ca | Comments (77)

Tags: Earth, Global Warming

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #68 Posted by seanjo on 16 November, 2017, 17:20
So real science's like Engineering or Physics are not open to all, they need intelligence and a talent.
Comment icon #69 Posted by seanjo on 16 November, 2017, 17:33
The point is, unless the population growth issue is addressed, then any other solution is a quick temporary fix, a sticking plaster. Now, I know this is never going to happen, for the culturaletc. reasons you listed, which means at some point in the future population reduction will be forced on us with famine, war and the inevitable diseases that go with that...I doubt we will be alive then, but maybe our kids or grandkids will be.
Comment icon #70 Posted by RoofGardener on 16 November, 2017, 20:07
Indeed Seanjo ! Soylent Green anyone ?
Comment icon #71 Posted by Haroldbattschits on 17 November, 2017, 23:31
Imagine if the population of the earth today if the two "great wars" did not occur. We might bedealing with severe starvation and other overpopulation issues. Nature,as well as humans will always find a way to thin the herd. If not, we are headed for trouble. Hawking feels that we have already passedthe tipping point. He's a pretty smart guy
Comment icon #72 Posted by ChaosRose on 18 November, 2017, 1:31
And just like before...no one's gonna give a ****. Someone needs to tell scientists that facts don't matter anymore. They keep banging their heads against brick walls for no reason.
Comment icon #73 Posted by Emma_Acid on 18 November, 2017, 11:01
So they are open to all then - but like anything in life you are only going to get on with something if you're good at it (or just very lucky).
Comment icon #74 Posted by Essan on 18 November, 2017, 11:09
Actually, the world wars didn't kill all that many people. Many more people died if Spanish 'flu than in WWI, for example Meanwhile, the key to curbing population growth is increased prosperity (one reason why most "western" nations now have negative growth, excluding immigration). But the problem is that those in prosperous "western" nations, earning far more money than they ever really need, also want cheap food and throw-away gadgets from "3rd world" countries ......
Comment icon #75 Posted by TripGun on 20 November, 2017, 14:48
15,000 quoting from the same information is the same as one.
Comment icon #76 Posted by third_eye on 20 November, 2017, 15:06
Wow ... that's some mind bending logic right there ... ~
Comment icon #77 Posted by ChrLzs on 20 November, 2017, 21:40
That's a perfect response from someone who: - didn't read any of the thread - didn't read the article - didn't read the study I don't think anyone else needs this clarification, so just for you, Trip.. The study covers a wide range of different disciplines, and the scientists are specialists in those different disciplines. So your use of the term "same information" (and your conclusion) is .... well, what's the term for 'beyond daft'..?


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