A global coalition of scientists demand deep and lasting shifts in human activities to mitigate accelerating global warming.
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18.11.2019

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A global coalition of scientists warn that “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

“Despite 40 years of major global negotiations, we have continued to conduct business as usual and have failed to address this crisis,” says William J. Ripple, professor of ecology at the University of Oregon State University –  College of Forestry, in Corvallis/USA. He adds that climate change has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists expected.

In a paper published in November in the online journal BioScience, the lead authors, William Ripple and his colleague Christopher Wolf, along with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from 153 countries, declare a climate emergency.

The scientists point to six areas in which humanity should take immediate steps to slow down the effects of a warming planet: 

  1. Energy. Implement massive conservation practices, replace fossil fuels with low-carbon renewables, leave remaining stocks of fossil fuels in the ground, eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel companies and impose carbon fees that are high enough to restrain the use of fossil fuels.

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