More than 15000 scientists issue 'warning to humanity'

The "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: Second Notice", calls for action to avert irreversible damage to the planet. Signed at the time by a number of Nobel laureates in science, the 25-year-old open letter outlined that mankind is on a "collision course" with the natural word.

"Humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, majority are getting far worse", they write. It lists what they consider the main dangers, including climate change, population growth, deforestation, species extinction, and loss of access to clean water, and highlights how terribly we are doing at tackling them. Scientists predict many current life forms could be annihilated or near extinction by the end of this century.

Among the bleakness, there's one thing humanity appears to have done right, and that is the reduction of ozone-depleting emissions. Humans have shown that, with concerted effort, we're able to make positive and sustainable changes.

"If not checked", wrote the scientists, led by particle physicist and Union of Concerned Scientists co-founder Henry Kendall, "many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know". Scientists also recommended ensuring that economic transactions consider environmental consequences - for example, the price of an item in a store should reflect the full environmental costs required to make it, not just the cost of the human labor used to produce it.

The letter is being released as the UN Climate Change Conference is underway in Bonn, Germany, amid what organizers say is a renewed urgency due to extreme weather events like this year's hurricanes and wildfires.

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.

However, the current US stance on climate change and environmental issues seems to lie counter to many of these scientists' recommendations.

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Ripple and his colleagues have formed a new independent organisation, the Alliance of World Scientists, to be a collective voice on environmental sustainability and human well-being. Much of the world does seem to be taking this environmental degradation threat seriously - and it looks that they will proceed to address these issues despite the Trump administration's absence.



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