Over 15000 scientists issue warning to humanity

The letter, which appeared in the journal Bioscience on Monday was signed by 15,364 scientists and warned that the planet is near the point of no return environmentally, The Washington Post reported.

What's in the federal climate report? All these scientists agree that our growing global population will soon be too much for our planet and we will run out of natural resources. "We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home".

"Humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, a lot of them are getting far worse", the letter says.

This prescription was well articulated by the world's leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning...

There's also less fresh water available, and the human population has risen while the population for everything else has declined.

Furthermore, human activity has "unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years, wherein many current life forms could be annihilated or at least committed to extinction by the end of this century", the scientists warn. Notably, in August, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S is withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, standing alone as the only country in the world that is not part of the pact.

Apart from the hole in the ozone layer, which has now been stabilised, every one of the major threats identified in 1992 has worsened.

"Humanity is now being given a second notice".

In the journal BioScience, the scientists, led by United States ecologist Professor William Ripple, said: "Humanity is now being given a second notice. we are jeopardising our future by not reining in our intense but geographically and demographically uneven material consumption and by not perceiving continued rapid population growth as a primary driver behind many ecological and even societal threats".

Among the steps that could be taken to prevent catastrophe are promoting plant-based diets; reducing wealth inequality, stopping conversions of forests and grasslands; government interventions to rein in biodiversity loss via poaching and illicit trade; and "massively adopting renewable energy sources" while phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.

This second warning letter comes as world leaders have been meeting for the past two weeks at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. 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.

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