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Fiona O (561)
Friday November 17, 2017, 4:51 pm
More than 15,000 scientists from around the world are warning humans that they are the absolute worst.

The experts signed a “warning to humanity” that calls on people to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, limit population growth, switch to renewable energy, and protect and restore the natural environment before the damage this species is doing to our planet makes it uninhabitable. “To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual,” their letter, published in the journal BioScience, says. “Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.”

According to the writers, change is not an impossible task — the world population quickly reined in ozone-depleting substances, like the kinds that were commonly found in aerosol containers and foam manufacturing, after it was discovered that they were eating away at the atmosphere that protects the planet’s surface from harmful radiation.

“We have also made advancements in reducing extreme poverty and hunger,” the authors say. “Other notable progress … include the rapid decline in fertility rates in many regions attributable to investments in girls’ and women's education, the promising decline in the rate of deforestation in some regions, and the rapid growth in the renewable-energy sector.”

Scientists previously sent out a warning to humanity in 1992, with the same message that human activities were hurting the environment and people must stop damaging the Earth if they want the planet to remain livable. But apparently the world didn’t get that message 25 years ago, and the experts who penned the new warning called it “a second notice,” like what someone would receive when they don’t pay their bills.

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Freya H (358)
Friday November 17, 2017, 5:05 pm
We all must do whatever we can - not just making personal lifestyle changes, but pestering our elected officials to pass legislation that will protect the environment and encourage green lifestyles. Meanwhile, we must prepare for the worst.

David C (111)
Friday November 17, 2017, 5:52 pm
thanks, save earth, save life, do your best, reduce, reuse, recycle, offset, donate, educate, vote

Bill K (3)
Friday November 17, 2017, 5:58 pm
Going vegan is an easy and very effective step everyone can take starting now.

Ben O (140)
Saturday November 18, 2017, 5:57 am
I don't think I will know how stupid humans can get, not in my lifetime anyway... : ~ (

Peggy B (43)
Saturday November 18, 2017, 8:37 am
I do what I can. I may only be one person, but I do my bit. It everyone did their bit we wouldn't have a problem.

Janet B (0)
Saturday November 18, 2017, 6:11 pm

Lenore K (0)
Saturday November 18, 2017, 6:49 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday November 19, 2017, 12:42 am
Many people are so short sighted that the earth was put here for them. We live like one grain of sand here. Please leave this earth a better, or at least the same as you found it.

Danuta W (1251)
Sunday November 19, 2017, 3:30 am

Lenore K (0)
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Friday November 24, 2017, 12:39 pm
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