11K Scientists: 'Planet Earth Is Facing a Climate Emergency'

Burning fossil fuels for energy and industry forest loss intensive agriculture and growing livestock populations were singled out as the main drivers of climate change

This is the first time such a large group of scientists has formally come together to caution against climate change being "an emergency".

People participate in a strike to call attention to climate change in Chicago, the United States, on September 20, 2019.

The paper, which presents more than 40 years of data on climate change, says the climate crisis is advancing faster than any scientist had previously expected, threatening natural ecosystems and "the fate of humanity".

Despite the explicit warnings, greenhouse gas emissions are still "rapidly rising" and continuing to damage the climate at increasing rates, according to the article.

There is much improvement in the fight against climate change. Rather, they point to "profoundly troubling signs from human activities", such as growing livestock populations, global tree cover loss, higher carbon dioxide emissions, and so on.

The professor noted that while the world's population had typically ebbed and flowed before steadily rising over the last century, the "golden age" of sustained population growth is coming to an end. They call for the stabilization of the world population through measures including making family-planning services available to all and working toward full gender equity in education.

"The world must quickly implement massive energy efficiency and conservation practices and must replace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewables", researchers wrote in their paper. Solar and wind power have risen over 300 percent in the past decade, fossil fuel divestment has reached more than $7 trillion United States, and carbon pricing is slowly becoming more popular.

The study also criticized the annual global climate forum.

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The newly published paper was signed by 11,000 scientists from 153 countries.

Without directly naming the US, Macron said he "deplores the choices made by others" as he sat next to Xi following the talks.

"While things are bad, all is not hopeless", Newsome assures us. The scientists estimate that cutting down on these emissions could potentially reduce the short-term warming trend by more than 50% over the next few decades. Hence, the need to raise this question: How many scientists does it take to convince the world to take climate change seriously?

Referring to India, he said environmental patterns including the monsoon, have changed. Ripple, one of the study's authors, called for a holistic solution that also addresses social justice issues and honors "the diversity of humans around the world". Ripple says that is intentional, as the authors sought to assemble the broadest support possible.

Still, the scientists end on a somewhat more upbeat note, citing recent actions taken by goverments and activists. At present, 200,000 people are being born every day and the report - signed by 11,000 scientists from 153 countries - say our planet can not sustain what comes with that.

"We've got countless young folks out on the streets protesting about this climate".

The UK, Scotland and Ireland are among the countries that have declared a "climate change emergency", along with more than 1,000 subnational jurisdictions, including many in Australia, such as the ACT, the City of Sydney and the City of Melbourne. But there are steps we can take to mitigate it.

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