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Scientists issue bleak 2nd notice to humanity/Bonn:"Tobacco at a cancer summit"

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It's little we cannot figure out, but this type stuff is nonetheless quite disturbing when specifically layed out. Especially knowing it is not going to get better anytime soon given the current crop of crooks shaping U.S. policies. Though at least much of the rest of the world seems ready to face reality.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/13/thousands-of-scientists-issue-bleak-second-notice-to-humanity/?utm_term=.c8d6b8c639ae


In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity.” They said humans had pushed Earth's ecosystems to their breaking point and were well on the way to ruining the planet. The letter listed environmental impacts like they were biblical plagues — stratospheric ozone depletion, air and water pollution, the collapse of fisheries and loss of soil productivity, deforestation, species loss and  catastrophic global climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

“If not checked,” wrote the scientists, led by particle physicist and Union of Concerned Scientists co-founder Henry Kendall, “many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know.”

But things were only going to get worse.

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This letter, spearheaded by Oregon State University ecologist William Ripple, serves as a “second notice,” the authors say: “Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory.”

Global climate change sits atop the new letter's list of planetary threats. Global average temperatures have risen by more than half a degree Celsius since 1992, and annual carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 62 percent.

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But it's far from the only problem people face. Access to fresh water has declined, as has the amount of forestland and the number of wild-caught fish (a marker of the health of global fisheries). The number of ocean dead zones has increased. The human population grew by a whopping 2 billion, while the populations of all other mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined by nearly 30 percent.

The lone bright spot exists way up in the stratosphere, where the hole in the planet's protective ozone layer has shrunk to its smallest size since 1988. ........
« Last Edit: November 17, 2017, 04:42:31 AM by Imperial »
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Re: Thousands of scientists issue bleak ‘second notice’ to humanity
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017, 01:09:49 PM »
Welp, this is kind of my number one issue for a reason. That and money in politics which is basically an incentive to do everything wrong for financial gain and leads to policies that have a negative effect on the physical condition of our planet for the worse not to mention policies that impact other areas for the worse. My one two punch. Glad this came out however the current US government would really shock me if they responded in any way that wasn’t dismissive to this.

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Re: Thousands of scientists issue bleak ‘second notice’ to humanity
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017, 01:44:11 PM »
It just drives me nuts people aren't behind fixing our environment. It's literally a goal that will only make things better for everyone.

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Re: Thousands of scientists issue bleak ‘second notice’ to humanity
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 02:32:27 PM »
Old rich people don't care. They'll be dead by the time things REALLY get bad, so why should they care if Earth gets ruined, as long as they make a few extra bucks in the process?

Religious fundamentalists don't care, because they believe [deity of choice] gave them the planet to do with as they want, and when the world DOES end, it will be by divine intervention.
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Tobacco at a cancer summit': Trump coal push savaged at climate conference
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2017, 04:39:28 AM »
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/13/bonn-climate-summit-trump-fossil-fuels-protest

The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil fuels were vital to reducing poverty around the world and to saving jobs in the US.

While Donald Trump’s special adviser on energy and environment, David Banks, said cutting emissions was a US priority, “energy security, economic prosperity are higher priorities”, he said. “The president has a responsibility to protect jobs and industry across the country.”

Other attendees at the summit condemned the argument.

“Promoting coal at a climate summit is like promoting tobacco at a cancer summit,” said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York mayor and a UN special envoy for cities and climate change.

Benson Kibiti, from the Kenya Climate Working Group, said: “More coal will entrench poverty.”

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The protesters then left, but the panel was heckled, with angry members of the audience shouting “bunch of liars” and “clean coal is bullshit”.

The appearance of an executive from Peabody Energy, the US’s biggest coal miner, was particularly provocative. In 2016, the Guardian revealed the company had funded at least two dozen groups that cast doubt on manmade climate change and oppose environment regulations.

But the US event prompted fierce criticism at the climate summit, where countries are working to implement the landmark 2015 Paris agreement. Coal is both the dirtiest fossil fuel and a cause of air pollution that causes millions of early deaths every year.

“If the [Trump] administration won’t lead, it should at least get out of the way.,” said Bloomberg, who is also a backer of “America’s pledge”. That effort saw 20 states, more than 50 big cities and 60 big businesses confirm their commitment to the Paris goals on Saturday – a group that would have the third biggest economy in the world if it were a country.

Kibiti said: “More coal is not going to end the problem of people living without electricity. The vast majority – 84% – of electricity-poor households globally are in rural areas, so off-grid solutions powered by renewables like solar, wind and small hydro are going to be the cheapest and quickest.”

“Exploiting poor, disadvantaged populations to justify continued fossil fuel usage is a despicable breach of humanity,” said Kathy Egland, at the NAACP in the US. “The Trump team promoting this abomination are exhibiting the depth of greed, lack of morality and lengths the fossil industry will go to maintain their wealth.”

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Re: Thousands of scientists issue bleak ‘second notice’ to humanity
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2017, 04:47:04 AM »
Old rich people don't care. They'll be dead by the time things REALLY get bad, so why should they care if Earth gets ruined, as long as they make a few extra bucks in the process?

Religious fundamentalists don't care, because they believe [deity of choice] gave them the planet to do with as they want, and when the world DOES end, it will be by divine intervention.
 

All this plus Faux News suckers that believe Trump & the GOP are excreting gold if their urine is yellow.

They even seem to prefer child molesters to common sense and reason.
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