World scientists warn of climate emergency

"Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to “tell it like it is.”  On the basis of this obligation, we declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequiv­ocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency .


Exactly 40 years ago, scientists from 50 nations met at the First World Climate Conference (in Geneva 1979) and agreed that alarming trends for climate change made it urgently neces­sary to act. Since then, similar alarms have been made through the 1992 Rio Summit, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and the 2015 Paris Agreement, as well as scores of other global assemblies and scientists’ explicit warnings of insuf­ficient progress. Yet greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are still rapidly rising, with increasingly damaging effects on the Earth’s cli­mate. An immense increase of scale in endeavors to conserve our biosphere is needed to avoid untold suffering due to the climate crisis.


Most public discussions on climate change are based on global surface temperature only, an inadequate mea­sure to capture the breadth of human activities and the real dangers stem­ming from a warming planet. Policymakers and the public now urgently need access to a set of indicators that convey the effects of human activities on GHG emis­sions and the consequent impacts on climate, our environment, and society. Building on prior work, we present a suite of graphical vital signs of climate change over the last 40 years for human activi­ties that can affect GHG emissions and change the climate, as well as actual climatic impacts."


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