1. Time running out to save planet Earth, 15,000 scientists warn

Time running out to save planet Earth, 15,000 scientists warn

Time is running out to save the Earth, according to the largest ever group of scientists globally who warned today that urgent action must be taken to avoid substantial and irreversible harm to the planet.

By: | Melbourne | Published: November 14, 2017 2:44 PM
planet earth, global warming, pollution, air pollution, pollution on earth, save earth, earth destruction The research article states there is still time but notes the areas that need to be improved, including promoting dietary shifts away from meat, encouraging the adoption of renewable energy and limiting human population growth. (Reuters)

Time is running out to save the Earth, according to the largest ever group of scientists globally who warned today that urgent action must be taken to avoid substantial and irreversible harm to the planet. Twenty five years ago, a majority of the world’s living Nobel Laureates united to sign a warning letter about the Earth. Today, scientists have taken grassroots action, with a scorecard showing that of nine areas only one has improved: our ozone. The article, “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice”, has been co-signed by over 15,000 scientists in 184 countries and was published today in the journal BioScience. According to Thomas Newsome, a research fellow at Deakin University and The University of Sydney in Australia, this was possibly the biggest number of signatories to any published scientific paper. “It is an overwhelming response we did not quite expect,” said Newsome. The initial warning 25 years ago identified trends that needed to be reversed to curtail environmental destruction, including ozone depletion, forest loss, climate change and human population growth. “In this paper we look back on these trends and evaluate the subsequent human response by exploring the available data,” Newsome said.

The research article highlighted the negative 25-year global trends, including a 26 per cent reduction in the amount of fresh water available per capita and a loss of nearly 300 million acres of forestland. It also noted that there has been a collective 29 per cent reduction in the numbers of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish and a 75 per cent increase in the number of ocean dead zones.

The research article states there is still time but notes the areas that need to be improved, including promoting dietary shifts away from meat, encouraging the adoption of renewable energy and limiting human population growth.

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    B N Ramamurti
    Nov 15, 2017 at 7:23 am
    Is it not a pity that 15,000 scientists, with their strength, could not prevent two major democracies from backing out of the Paris Agreement of COP 21, to put an end to use of FOSSIL FUELS? This, with the catastrophe lurking in the shadow of the 4 Cs ---Climate Change and Carbon Crisis. Perhaps, they were waiting for support from Danish Oil and Natural Gas ( DONG energy), the latest in putting an end to FOSSIL OILS, with the comment --- [ “Our vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing the world today, and to avoid causing serious harm to the global ecosystems, we need to fundamentally change the way we power the world by switching from black to green energy,” May be, IT IS BETTER LATE THAN NEVER! Will this help revive THE EFFORTS OF VAJPAYEE DURING 2000-2004, TO PROMOTE BIO DIESEL PRODUCTION IN INDIA ? Will F C accept an article on these efforts, with the money, time and energy spent on these efforts?
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