More than 15,000 #Scientists have signed a chilling article titled “World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice," urging global leaders to save the planet from environmental catastrophe.
The plea, published Monday in the international journal #BioScience, is likely the largest-ever formal support by scientists for a journal article with 15,372 total signatories. The scientists represent 184 countries and have a range of scientific backgrounds. Prominent signatories include #JaneGoodall, #EOWilson and #JamesHansen.
The “Second Notice" an update to the original version published 25 years ago by the Union of Concerned Scientists and signed by 1,700 scientists then underscores the lack of progress from the original document!
The first notice started with this statement: “Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course." It described trends such as the growing hole in the #ozone layer, #pollution and depletion of #freshwater sources, #overfishing, #deforestation, plummeting wildlife populations, as well as unsustainable rises in #greenhouse #gas #emissions, global temperatures and human population levels.
Unfortunately, the authors of the current article said that humanity has failed to progress on most of the measures.
They ominously warned, “time is running out." “Especially troubling is the current trajectory of potentially catastrophic climate change" from the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities, the paper stated.
#WilliamJRipple, lead author of the current article and a distinguished professor of #Ecology at #OregonStateUniversity, told the Associated Press he was stunned by the level of support for the manuscript. “I initially sent it out to 40 of my colleagues," he explained. “After 24 hours there were 600 scientists who signed it. Within two days, there were 1,200. There were so many people signing that our website crashed a couple of times." #RenewableEnergy #Solar #Wind #Thermal #Hydro #SaveOurMother #SaveOurOceans #NoPlanetB #DivestFromFossilFuels #DivestFromCoal #NotMeUs 🌍🌎🌏🌞💨🔥🌊✊🏽🙏🏽 https://www.ecowatch.com/scientists-environmental-warning-2509347840.html @ecowatch