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Thousand Scientists Claim Human Damage on Earth Irreversible

14 November 2017

"Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources", the letter, titled "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity", stated.

What's in the federal climate report? "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, majority are getting far worse", they write.

The message, posted online, updates an original Warning from the Union of Concerned Scientists and around 1,700 signatories delivered in 1992. Global average temperatures have risen by more than half a degree Celsius since 1992, and annual carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 62 percent. The human population has also skyrocketed from 3 billion to roughly 7.6 billion. 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.

Monday's letter is actually a follow-up to an warning from 1992 entitled "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity".

Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has "failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, a lot of them are getting far worse", the paper states. And "scientists, media influencers and lay citizens" aren't doing enough to fight against it. Patricia Espinosa, one of the conference's hosts, noted that one of the main purposes of the conference is for world leaders to come together to take the next step in implementing the Paris climate accord and to accelerate "the transformation to sustainable, resilient and climate-safe development".

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"Humanity is now being given a second notice".

"We are jeopardizing our future by not reducing the intensive consumption of materials, and by geographically and demographically and by not seeing rapid population growth as a key driver behind many ecological and even social threats", the scientists said as quoted from page Daily Mail, Tuesday (11/14/2017).

Drastic solutions are required to solve the coming global crisis, according to the scientists.

A failure to heed this second warning, however, could lead to dire effect.

"On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response", contemporary scientists write.

President Donald Trump said in June that he would pull the US out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement, joining only two other nations - Syria and Nicaragua - which had not signed the worldwide accord.

Thousand Scientists Claim Human Damage on Earth Irreversible